Access to childcare
Why we're campaigning
While many parents with disabled children juggle jobs with complex care arrangements against the odds, too often they are forced to cut hours or give up careers due to childcare problems.
Although there is a noticeable political focus on childcare more generally, the issue of childcare for disabled children remains neglected.
Help us improve the Childcare Bill by writing to your MP .
What we want
Disabled children to be able to access childcare that helps them to progress, learn and make friends, and enables their mums and dads to work as much as they want.
- The cap on eligible childcare costs for disabled children via tax credits and Universal Credit to be lifted to £300.
- No disabled child to be stopped from accessing their free early years entitlement at two, three and four years of age.
- Childcare providers and local authorities to work together to offer good quality, flexible childcare for every disabled child.
- Information to enable families to make choices about the childcare available to them locally that meets their individual needs.
What we're doing
- We have launched ' Levelling the Playing: the childcare campaign for disabled children' with partners Family and Childcare Trust, Council for Disabeld children and Mencap.
- We have published new research and case studies into the take up of the free childcare offer.
- Our Counting the Costs campaign is calling on the UK government to increase help towards childcare costs for disabled children via tax credits, Universal Credit and the tax free childcare scheme.
- We organised the parliamentary inquiry into childcare for disabled children [PDF]. Find out what we told the childcare inquiry [PDF], see our progress report.
- We are lobbying the government to improve the laws around childcare. See our Childcare Bill briefing [PDF].
What we've achieved
- The tax free childcare scheme extended to recognise the higher childcare costs that many families with disabled children face (the first time extra childcare costs have been recognised in policy). Find out more in this tax free childcare scheme news story.
What you can do
- Help us improve the Childcare Bill by writing to your MP here
- Refused childcare? Use our childcare access guide [PDF] to understand your rights to childcare and find template letters to challenge decision if you are denied access to childcare.