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Childcare provided by a relative of the child, in the child's own home does not class as qualifying childcare. This includes relatives by blood, half blood, marriage or civil partnership who are registered or approved childcare providers. For these purposes a relative means a:
- step parent
- foster parent
- aunt or uncle
- brother or sister
Childcare provided by relatives can be qualifying childcare if all the following circumstances apply:
- the relative is a registered or approved childcare provider
- the care is provided away from the child's own home
- the care is provided to nonrelated children in addition to the related child or children
You cannot claim for 30 hours free childcare for childcare provided by a relative (for example, a grandparent).
You cannot get help for childcare provided by your partner. This is not accepted as ‘approved childcare’.
You may be entitled to receive NI credits if you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working. These credits are only available from April 2011 and you must make an application to receive the NI credits.
Specified Adult Childcare credits work by transferring the NI credit attached to Child Benefit from the Child Benefit recipient to a family member who is providing care for a related child under 12.
You can get support and financial help if someone else’s child is living with you full time.
Your arrangement may be known as either:
- family and friends care (often called kinship care)
- private fostering
You may also be able to adopt the child.