Returning to Work or Education in 2018
11th December 2017
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Many of us begin to think about the positive changes we will make to our lives in 2018 at this time of year, and as Pontypool and Torfaen is covered in a blanket of snow and many of us keeping warm inside, it gives us that time to think about the future. In the first of a two-part blog series, Nikola Masters of Osborne Lodge Nurseryin Pontypool talks to us about returning to work or education after having your children.

Considering returning to work or education can seem a daunting thought as we consider the practicalities and affordability, but with the right help and planning and help it can also be such a positive move for the futures of our families in Torfaen.

Nikola Masters told us “Considering returning to work or education can seem a daunting thought as we consider the practicalities and affordability, but with the right planning and help it can also be such an exciting and positive move for the futures of our families in Torfaen. There is some financial support that Mums and Dads can get from the government to help towards the costs of supporting your family, while you go back into work or education and putting children through their own education. There are always changes to what support is available each year, but we can help point you in the right direction”.

Universal Credit

The new Universal Credit scheme rolls out in Torfaen from January 2018, replacing the previous Tax Credits scheme. You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you're eligible for Universal Credit.

You (and your partner if you live with them) will usually need to either;

  • be working - it doesn’t matter how many hours you or your partner work
  • have a job offer

How much you’ll get….

The most you can get back each month is:

  • £646 for one child
  • £1108 for 2 or more children

You can claim Universal Credit online.

Childcare Costs

You may be able to receive help towards the cost of childcare when choosing an approved provider - Osborne Lodge Nursery are an approved and established provider located in the heart of Pontypool. You can use this childcare calculator to estimate how much help you could get to pay for approved childcare.

Tax Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a government scheme that pays 20% of childcare costs up to a maximum of £2000 each year. The scheme is open to all parents of children under 12 (or under 17 if disabled).

30 Hours Free Childcare – The Offer for Wales

Welsh Government intend to provide 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for 48 weeks of the year. The scheme is currently being tested in some areas of Wales, please do not hesitate to contact us – info@osbournelodgenursery.co.uk for the latest position within Torfaen.

Help with Housing Costs

If you were getting help with your housing costs while you were out of work, you may carry on getting this. This is if you have been receiving income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support for at least 26 weeks continuously before starting work.

Nikola said “These are just some of the help streams available, your local Job Centre Plus will be able to help you with full details”.

If you would like to talk about quality approved childcare as part of planning for your future, you can email Osbourne Lodge Nursery  info@osbournelodgenursery.co.uk or call us on 01495 752234.

*Offer* - Enrol your child in to Nursery by the end of January 2018 and receive the first two weeks childcare at half price, giving a potential saving of £168.50.

Nikola Masters

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Coming next…… What to look for when looking for quality assured childcare, plus a visit to our nursery from the comfort of your sofa!

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