Universal Credit Childcare Scheme

Universal Credit Childcare Scheme


If you pay for childcare while you go to work, Universal Credit can pay some of your childcare costs.

You have to pay for your childcare costs yourself. Then you report them to Universal Credit, and Universal Credit pays some of the money back.

You can get up to 85% of childcare costs paid back to you. The maximum amount a month is: £950.92 for one child or £1,630.15 for 2 or more children.


To be eligible you need to be either:

in paid work

starting a job in the next month

If you live with a partner, you both need to be in paid work, unless your partner cannot look after your children.


For more information, see the UK Government Website.