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Help with Childcare Costs - Help with Childcare Costs when Starting Work or Looking for Jobs

Read our guide to the help that is available with childcare costs if you are working, studying or starting to work or study.

Help with Childcare Costs when Starting Work or Looking for Jobs

If you are looking for work, you may be able to get help with some expenses, for example, to enable you to attend interviews, through a discretionary Jobcentre fund called the Flexible Support Fund.

Help with childcare costs through Universal Credit is paid to you, not to your childcare provider, and it is only paid to you after you have had to pay your childcare provider. This can make it hard for people when they start a new job. You should ask your work coach for help with your upfront childcare costs through the Flexible Support Fund. If they aren’t willing to give help through this fund, you may have to ask for an advance.

Ask your local Jobcentre for more information about this and any other schemes they may run to help you into work.

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