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Early years and childcare

Check what support you could get with early years and childcare.

Free early learning and childcare

All 3 and 4 year olds (and some 2 year olds) in Scotland can get 1140 hours per year of funded early learning and childcare.

Check what childcare you're entitled to

Tax-free childcare

You can get up to £2,000 a year for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

Find out more about tax-free childcare

Universal Credit childcare costs

If you pay for childcare while you go to work, Universal Credit can pay some of your childcare costs.

Check if you can claim back childcare costs

Baby Boxes

The Baby Box is packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life.

Read more about Baby Boxes

Students: Lone Parents' Childcare Grant

This grant is for students bringing up a child or sibling on their own to help with the cost of registered childcare.

Read more about the Lone Parents' Childcare Grant

Children 1st Parentline

Do you feel like you're at the end of your tether? Phone Parentline on 0800 28 22 33 for advice and support. It's free and lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 12 noon.

Visit Children 1st website for information or to start a webchat

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