Find all the ways you might be able to get financial support for childcare and what providers are available in Wiltshire.
Childcare Search To find local providers for childcare please visit this Parent Portal search tool. You can input your postcode to sort the results closest to you.
The following document is an easy read summary based on the information you can find in the Childcare Choices website, it details the various financial support options that might be available to you. Slide presentation which helps to explain Child Choices (PDF) [842KB] (opens new window)
Childcare Choices is the national government scheme to support parent/ carers with the cost of childcare. This covers a range of hours and budgets depending on the age of the child and their needs.
The Childcare Choices website displays all the eligibility requirements and calculators to make sure you know what amount to expect from the various offers available.
For more information please visit:
For providers looking to sign up please visit the provider information page
Family Fund provides grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, on a low income.
You can use grants on all kinds of things that will support the care of your child, including family breaks and days out.
From September 2014 the law changed to allow more two year olds to benefit from funded childcare than ever before. In Wiltshire, we have branded the funding as 'Better 2gether Funding'.
All 3 and 4 year olds qualify for 570 free hours a year at an approved childcare provider. This can be taken as 15 hours a week during school term time or fewer hours per week over more weeks. Additional costs like meals, nappies and trips may be charged. Some 3 to 4 year olds are eligible for 30 hours a week, Check if you're eligible and find out how to apply on the GOV.UK: Get 30 hours free childcare: step by step web site guide.
Information about help with the cost of paying for approved childcare tax free childcare, 15 and 30 hours childcare, childcare vouchers, tax credits, learner support can be found on https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs.
A short break is when children and young people with additional needs or disabilities participate in activities that they enjoy in their leisure time (outside school hours), for example, playing sport, spending time with friends, joining a club or spending a few days away from home.
Wiltshire's Short Breaks Scheme, designed in consultation with parents and carers, enables eligible children and young people, who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), support to access activities and leisure opportunities.
Information on Wiltshire's leisure opportunities scheme for those aged 6 to 18 with an EHCP can be found by visiting the following page: