Government's Schemes to Help with Childcare Costs

Childcare Calculator

Use the Childcare Calculator at to see what offers are available to support you and your family. 

Childcare Choices

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to

New Government Childcare offers

Tax-Free Childcare: available from April 2017
30 Hours Free Childcare/Early Education Funding: Available from April 2017
To find out more and to apply for these offers please go to:

Childcare Vouchers 

If your employer offers childcare vouchers or arranges your childcare, you can get up to £933 a year in tax and National Insurance savings. If you are intending to use Childcare Vouchers, please advise us in advance which voucher company you are using and for what amount. We are registered with most of the childcare voucher companies and will be happy to assist if you have any questions.

15 and 30 Hours Early Education Funding for 3 & 4 year olds

The early years education entitlement till September 2017 is for up to fifteen hours per week, for 38 weeks per year. From September 2017 eligible parents can claim up to 30 hours a week. For more information please see To be eligible you don’t need to be a resident of the borough of Richmond upon Thames, but your child must go to an eligible setting within the borough, such as Mandarin Ducklings Nursery.

15 Hours Early Education Funding for 2 year olds

This is not an universal offer for all 2 year olds. It is only available to eligible parents based on specific criteria. Again the offer is for up to 38 weeks a year and maximum 15 hours a week. To find out more also to apply for the funding please visit:

Mandarin Ducklings offers limited free funded places for eligible two year olds. Please contact us if you are interested in a place.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is a funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds. For more information please see: Please provide the information to us if you think that you are eligible so that our children do not miss out on this opportunity.