Can you get help with childcare costs if you have more than 2 children?
Yes, you can get help to pay for childcare for all qualifying children even if you only get child tax credit, universal credit and help with housing costs for two.
If you are affected by the ‘2 child limit’ you can still claim for help to pay for childcare for your third or subsequent children.
You can claim from working tax credit, as long as you work an average of 16 hours per week or more, or from universal credit no matter how many hours you work.
Qualifying children are those you are responsible for up to the age of 15, or 16 if you get a disabled child element for them in child tax credit or universal credit. The childcare provider must be registered with the Care Inspectorate.
The amount of help towards childcare costs is affected by your earnings and is capped. The maximum amount you can get is:
Working tax credit
- 70% of £175 (£122.50) per week for one child
- 70% of £300 (£210) per week for 2 or more children
- 85% of £760 (£646.35) per month for one child
- 85% of £1300 (£1,108.04) per month for 2 or more children
See the Money If You Are Working factsheet for more childcare information or call our lone parent helpline on 0808 801 0323.