Childcare Services

Financial Support

The University offers staff and students sources of financial support towards the cost of childcare.


Nursery Tax Scheme

Staff who use University-owned and managed services are eligible to apply to join the Nursery Tax Scheme with savings of up to 25% off the full cost of your childcare fees. You will take a reduced salary in return for free childcare thus making tax and National Insurance (NI) savings on the full value of your childcare. Strict terms and conditions apply — for more details please contact the Childcare Services Manager.

Edenred childcare vouchers (Closed to new entrants)

Edenred and the University are working together to provide all staff members of the University, using any registered childcare provision, with access to this scheme to make National Insurance (NI) and tax savings on the cost of your childcare. The maximum value you can have in childcare vouchers, per parent, is £243; your actual childcare fees may be higher. However, in the tax scheme, the full cost of your childcare can be in the scheme, subject to your tax/NI contributions being sufficient to cover the value of the fees. This scheme close to new entrants 4th October 2018.

For further information please contact Edenred:

t: 0800 247 1233

Our Edenred account number is P20076125. Our scheme ID is UNIV9241, which you will need when registering.

Both the Day Nursery and Playcentre accept childcare vouchers from other companies in addition to Edenred.

Universal Credit

You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or need help with your living costs. You could be:

  • out of work
  • working (including self-employed or part time)
  • unable to work, for example because of a health condition

To claim you must:

  • live in the UK
  • be aged 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
  • be under State Pension age
  • have £16,000 or less in money, savings and investments

Further information can be found at Universal Credit: Eligibility - GOV.UK (

Please note that when using the Nursery Tax Scheme or childcare vouchers you are deemed to be paying zero fees for the value in each scheme.


Student rate

A number of places within the Day Nursery and Playcentre are offered at a student rate to eligible students — see fees brochure for details. 

Childcare support scheme

This scheme is administered by the University and provides some financial assistance to eligible students who use registered childcare provision. This is means-tested. For eligibility criteria and an application form please visit and follow the link to ‘Factsheets and forms’.

Access to Learning Fund

This fund provides discretionary financial assistance to help students access and remain in higher education. It is only available to home students. For more information and an application form, please visit and follow the link to ‘Factsheets and forms’.


Childcare grant

This grant is available to home students on low family incomes and is worth up to 85% of childcare costs. For further information please visit and follow the links to Childcare and Parenting for further information.

Universal Credit

You can make a claim for Universal Credit if you’re in full-time education and any of the following apply:

  • you live with your partner and they’re eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re responsible for a child, either as a single person or as a couple
  • you’ve reached State Pension age and live with a partner who is below State Pension age

You can also claim Universal Credit if you’re 21 or under, studying any qualification up to A level or equivalent and do not have parental support.

You may be able to claim if you are studying part-time or doing a course for which no student loan or finance is available.

Further information can be found at Universal Credit: Eligibility - GOV.UK (




For further information on fees and financial support please look through our fees brochure or contact us:


t: +44 (0)115 951 5222

Childcare Services

The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5222
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