The calculation is quite complicated, but as a rough guide: if your household income is higher that around £26,000 you probably won’t qualify. Although it’s worth noting that if you pay for registered childcare, then the income threshold is higher. Working Tax Credits can help you with up to 70% of your childcare costs.
You’ll find a simple tool on the HMRC website that helps you work it all out. If you think you’re eligible, we explain more about the process below.