If you are working 16 or more hours per week and earn at least £120 per week, but less than £100,000 per year, you may be able to claim help with childcare costs through the Tax-free Childcare scheme.
You can claim for children up to the September after their 11th birthday or up to age 17 if they have a disability.
For every £8 you spend on childcare the government will refund £2 into an account you need to open online. Up to £2000 per year can be refunded for each child or up to £4000 if your child has a disability. Your childcare provider needs to be signed up to the scheme.
You cannot get tax-free childcare if you are already claiming child tax credit, working tax credit, universal credit or childcare vouchers. If you are getting one of these, and you apply for tax-free childcare, it will stop and you may be financially worse off.
For more information, and to compare the different options see Help paying for childcare
Call the Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323 if you need advice.