Financial help in the early years

Last updated: 18 September 2017

Growing up in poverty damages children’s health, development, education and lifetime opportunities. People working in early years and childcare are in a key position of everyday contact with families to pass on information to help maximise their incomes and make sure they do not miss out on vital support.

This factsheet outlines what financial help may be available from pregnancy to school age, how tax credits can help you qualify and what other conditions you must meet.

The information about benefits and tax credits is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

The information in this leaflet is not a full statement of the law, and individuals should be referred for specialist advice where appropriate.