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Babies and young children

​Help with the costs of having a young family, including support with childcare.​

Child Benefit

You can get child benefit payments if you are responsible for:

  • a child under 16
  • a child who is aged under 20 and is still in education.

There is no limit to how many children you can claim for, but only one parent is able to claim.

Find out more and make a claim for Child Benefit​.

Guardian’s Allowance

You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you are bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also be eligible if there is 1 surviving parent. This is on top of child benefit payments.​

Find out if you are eligible for Guardians Allowance​.​

Healthy Start

​​You could get help to buy healthy food and milk for your child if you:

  • get certain benefits
  • have a child under 4 or,
  • are more than 10 weeks pregnant.

Find out if your are eligible for Healthy Start​.​​

Maternity Allowance

If you are more than 26 weeks pregnant, you may be able to claim Maternity Allowance.  

This is different to Statutory Maternity Pay. You are not able to claim both benefits together.  

Find out if you are eligible for Maternity Allowance​.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you or your partner get certain benefits, you may be able to get Sure Start Maternity Grant.​

Find if you are eligible for Sure Start Maternity Grant​.

Tax-Free Childcare

If you are working, you may be able to get up to £2000 a year to help cover costs of childcare. You can only apply if your child is 11 or under.

If your child is disabled, you may be eligible to get up to £4,000 per year until they are 16. You will not be able to claim this at the same time as other childcare help.​​​

Find out if you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare​.

30 hours free childcare

If your child is aged 3 to 4, you could get up to 30 hours of free childcare a week if you or your partner are working or studying.

Find out if you are eligible for 30 hours of free childcare​.

Flying Start

If your child is under the age of 4, you may be able to get free part time childcare. 

You will only be able to get this if Flying Start covers your area.

Find out if you are eligible for Flying Start​.

Childcare calculator

You can use the GOV UK childcare calculator​ to see which help is right for you and your family.​
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