Working parents are entitled to receive 30 hours of free childcare for their 3 or 4-year-old child (from the term after their child's 3rd birthday).
These additional hours will be available where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns at least the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage and less than £100,000 a year.
Tax-free childcare for parents with children aged 0 to 11
Parents who are eligible for this scheme open an online account to pay in money for their childcare costs. For every 80p that a parent pays in, the government will add 20p for every £1 you spend on childcare costs of up to a maximum of £10,000 (the government contributes up to £2,000 per child per year or £4,000 per year for disabled children).
To be eligible, parents must:
earn at least £115 per week but less than £100,000 per year
not be in receipt of childcare vouchers, tax credits or Universal Credit
have children who are under 12 (or under 17 for children with disabilities)
EYPP is additional government funding to enhance early education for three and four year olds. Your child's early education provision - childminder, nursery or pre-school - could receive around £300 a year for your child to support their individual learning.
Which scheme you're better off with depends on your situation. You cannot get tax-free childcare at the same time as claiming Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.