Childcare costs

We don’t count childcare costs of up to £175 per week for one child and up to £300 per week for two or more children if you are:

  • a lone parent in paid work for 16 hours or more
  • a couple where both of you are in paid work (combined 30 hours or more)
  • a couple where one of you is in paid work and the other is unable to work, for example in hospital or in prison

Childcare costs can also be ignored if you are a full-time student and a lone parent or if you are a couple where one of you is in paid work (16 hours or more) and the other is a full-time student who is not receiving a childcare grant.

In order to deduct childcare costs from your earnings, the childcare provider must be one of the following:

  • a registered domiciliary care worker
  • foster carer (but not for the foster child)
  • Ofsted registered
  • someone approved under the Home Care Providers Scheme
  • a school or the local authority

You will need to provide evidence of your childcare costs. This could be a recent letter from your childcare provider or a recent agreement/contract. It should show their Ofsted registration number, or proof of their status if they are not Ofsted registered.

The child

Childcare costs can be disregarded up until the first Monday in September following the child’s fifteenth birthday, or the child’s sixteenth birthday if they are disabled.

You must be receiving Child Benefit for the child.