We review the fees at council-funded children’s centres and community nurseries every year.
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:
- free early education for your 2, 3 or 4 year olds
- tax-free childcare
- a range of grants, tax credits and bursaries
- employer-supported childcare like childcare vouchers
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org