If you, or you and your partner, are working you may get support with registered or approved childcare. This is called the Childcare Costs element.
You may also get the Childcare Costs element if you have accepted an offer of work, but you must be due to start work before the end of your next assessment period.
You can also get the Childcare Costs element for a month after you have stopped work, for existing childcare arrangements.
For more information, see Qualifying for the Childcare Costs element.
The Childcare Costs element pays for 85% of your paid out childcare costs up to a monthly limit of £646.35 for one child or £1108.04 for two or more children.
To get the Childcare Costs element you will need to give information about your childcare for each child, for example:
If you share your childcare responsibilities with someone else, for example an ex-partner, you must report what arrangements you have made.
You must report any changes, either permanent or for limited period of time, by contacting Universal Credit. These changes may include: