Support with Cost of Living

Help with Childcare Costs

Islington Council subsidises childcare at a range of nurseries so that your childcare fees will depend on household income, how many hours of childcare you need, the age of your child and whether or not you live in Islington.

If you are just starting work, or in training which will lead to work, the Childcare Bursary could provide short-term support.

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides information and advice about free early learning and paying for childcare. You can phone the FIS on 020 7527 5959, or email

Childcare Choices provides a summary of government paying for childcare options including:
Tax-Free Childcare
Universal Credit for Childcare 
30 hours free childcare.

If you are working and on Universal Credit, you could apply for the Flexible Support Fund for a one-off payment to help you with your childcare costs. Ask your Jobcentre Plus job coach for more information.