Support with Childcare

To enable you to get back into education or work, there may be a number of options available to you in getting help with childcare and costs.

Support with childcare costs

Care to learn – help with childcare costs while you study if you are under 20 at the start of your course.  Click on the link for further details on the eligibility criteria.

Discretionary Learner Support – help may be available if you are over 19, on a further education course and meet eligibility criteria.  Support may be provided for accommodation and travel, course materials and equipment and childcare costs.

Childcare Grant – you may be eligible to apply with learning costs if you are in full-time higher education and have children under the age of 15 or under 17 if they have special educational needs.

Time for 2s  - 15 hours of free childcare for 2 year olds, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Free 15 hours childcare for all three to four year olds – all parents are entitled to 15 hours of childcare a week.  This may be increased to 30 hours if you meet certain eligibility criteria.

Childcare costs are taken into account when calculating Housing and Council Tax.

Tax Credits help support families with children and working people on low income.  Child tax credit is available whether you are working or not but with eligibility criteria and Working Tax Credit – childcare element provides support if you are in work and on a low income by topping up earnings.  Eligibility criteria apply.

Childcare vouchers may be available through your employer.

Information on childcare costs can be found here


Childcare providers

There are a number of childcare options for looking after your children including:

Most of Luton’s childcare providers choose to advertise online through the Luton Directory

Additional information on childcare and children’s centres can be found here.