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Paying for childcare

Your childcare fees will depend on household income, how many hours of childcare you need, the age of your child and whether or not you live in Islington.

We review the fees at council-funded children’s centres and community nurseries every year. 

Download the current fee structures (PDF) and policies (PDF). 

Childminders and private nurseries set their own fees. Childminders' fees range from £250 to £300 a week and private nurseries cost around £350 per week.

Help paying for childcare 

Depending on your household income and the age of your child, you could be eligible for:

The government provides a tax credits calculator to help you find out what you're entitled to, or you can contact the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900.  

Childcare Choices is a new government website which provides information about all the schemes available to help with childcare costs.

To get help with tax credits when paying a relative for childcare, the relative must register as a childminder and also be willing to look after other children as part of their childminding business. 

More information

Islington’s Family Information Service provides information and advice, including a leaflet, on Paying for childcare. Information is also available on the Family Directory or contact the Family Information Service, 020 7527 5959,

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