Stay informed about your rights
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Knowing your rights
When you return to work after ordinary maternity leave, you have the right to return to your old job on your old terms and conditions. When you return to work after additional maternity leave, you have the right to return to your old job on your old terms and conditions unless it is "not reasonably practicable" for example, because the job no longer exists.
Paying for childcare
9 out of 10 families are eligible for some financial assistance through the new Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit schemes. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances. Families with children can claim Child Tax Credit if their income is no more than £58,175 a year (up to £66,350 if you have a child under one).
The other tax credit you may be entitled to, if either you or your partner is working, is called Working Tax Credit. It includes a childcare element to help families who are working and spending money on childcare. The cost of childcare can vary considerably, but you can see all our fees on our essential information
" I like drawing and writing and playing with the paints." - James, aged 2
Childcare Vouchers is a scheme some employers offer to help working parents save on registered childcare costs. Childcare vouchers are not means tested and are available to all working parents whose companies operate childcare voucher schemes. The vouchers can be used to pay for all types of registered child care. Your entitlement to tax credits, however, is likely to be affected.
Care to learn
If you are under 19 with childcare responsibilities, you can get help with your childcare costs through Care to Learn when you return to learning. As long as you use a registered childcare provider, you could receive up to £160 per child per week to pay for childcare and travel costs. Care to Learn will pay the money directly to your childcare provider and course provider.