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Most working families need some form of childcare to help them balance work and family life. There is a range of possibilities, using the extended family, child minders, private and state nurseries, breakfast and after school clubs and holiday playschemes... and there is plenty of advice to help you find the right provision for you, as well as support in finding out about grants, tax credits etc. to help you pay for it
The best place to start is Oxon FIS, Oxfordshire Family Information Service, a one stop shop for providing information for parents about all forms of childcare as well as payment family support, resources for disabled children, play and young people's activities. More information is available on the Oxfordshire County Council Website as well as a very helpful human helpline 08452 26 26 36.
Childcare Costs/ Tax Credits from HM Customs
Childcare Costs/ Tax Credits from HM CustomsFor further information on childcare costs and the tax credit element.This site will also help with tax credit calculations.
5 to 11 Years
The essential guide to childcare for you and your family.
Click to download.
The booklets themselves are quite old (2009 – the last government) but much of the information is really useful
11 to 16 Years
The essential guide to out of school hours and holiday activities for you and your family.
Click to download.
The booklets themselves are quite old (2009 – the last government) but much of the information is really useful
Is there any help to pay for childcare?
There are a range of financial packages available to working families.
Click to visit the Directgov web siteTo see if you are eligible, please visit:
www.direct.gov.uk
A tax credit on line calculator is available on:
www.workingfamilies.org.uk
Click to visit workingfamilies.org.uk

This site also contains a range of factsheets on the following topics:
Benefits and finance
Childcare
Flexible working
Parents Rights

Childcare vouchers are tax and national insurance free on the first £55 per week or £243 a month of childcare costs.

The basic taxpayer can save over £960 a year
The higher taxpayer can save over £1190 a year
For more information contact:
Steve Laurence, Oxfordshire County Council, Early Learning & Childcare Service
01865 328 098
steve.laurence@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Would you like to be involved in providing childcare?
Text the word "recruitment" to 07895 070818
In Headington Partnership, St Andrew's, Windmill and Wood Farm have after school clubs, which are open to children from other schools but without transport to get them there. St Andrew’s also has a Holiday Playscheme. Information is available from the school offices.

There is a Breakfast club at Bayards Hill, Windmill, Wood Farm and St Andrew's and the canteen is open for breakfast at Cheney.

The Children's Centres at Roundabout (Barton), Headington Quarry and Slade (Wood Farm) provide some after school care.

See also: the Out of School Activities page.