Aktiva Camps – Help with childcare costs 

At Aktiva we are aware of parent's needs to manage childcare costs. This is why we constantly strive to provide the best value service we can. To help you understand e have also compiled this list of ways you can get government assistance for childcare costs. Please note that anything not covered by one of these systems must be paid by you, by credit/debit card. Please not we do not accept Amex

Gov Tax Free Childcare 

Parents/carers can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year). If you've already registered, you can sign into your childcare account. 

Tax-Free Childcare allows parents or carers who have children aged up to 11, to payAktivathrough the scheme and receive a 20% government top-up on any money deposited. 

For every £8 per child a parent or carer deposits, they will receive £2 in top-up, up to the value of £500 every three months, or £1,000 if their child is disabled. That equals £2,000, or £4,000 for the care of a disabled child, for a whole year. 

Families can use the money to pay for AktivaAfter school clubs, Breakfast Clubs and Holiday Camps as Aktiva is a provider registered with Tax-Free Childcare. Families could also save money now to earn the government top-up and use the money to pay for Aktivachildcare and Holiday Camps during school holidays.This is paid directly into the child’s account and is ready to use almost instantly. 

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare


Universal Credit 

You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs with Aktivaif you’re eligible for Universal Credit 

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

  • be working - it does not 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 

 Childcare costs will be included in your Universal Credit payments after you have paid Aktiva and reported the amount you have paid.Universal Credit is paid in arrears. 

How to get help with childcare costs 

You must provide the following information for each child. 

  1. Aktiva Camps full name and registration number 
  • Aktiva Camps Ltd 
  • URN: EY466796 
  1. Full contact details for Aktiva Camps, including the address and phone number 
  • 189-193 Earls Court Road, London, England, SW5 9AN 
  • 0203 551 8909 
  1. The Schooladdress where the child is being looked after 
  • East Acton Primary School, East Acton Lane, LONDON, W3 7HA 
  1. The full cost of the childcare each month (Invoice from Aktiva Camps) - please send request to bookings@aktivacamps.com 

Universal Credit can accept any of the following documents as evidence to confirm the details of your childcare provider. 

  • A dated Aktiva childcare contract 
  • A dated letter from Aktiva 
  • a dated invoice from Aktiva, showing our name, contact details and registration number 

If paying upfront for Aktiva Childcare is preventing you from starting work, help may be available. 

For further information go to Adviser Discretion Fund or Help from your local  Jobs and Benefits office or you can speak with your work coach. 


The Flexible Support Fund (FSF)JobCentre 

The Flexible Support Fund (FSF) is a fund offered by local JobCenter's at the discretion of Job Centre Plus advisers. 

JobCenter Plus understands the importance of childcare as a key enabler to work. It also recognises how childcare provides support for parents by removing childcare as a barrier to work.   

For parents to enter sustained employment, many will need to source and use formal childcare. 

Paying childcare costs for attending training or education – FSF must be awarded in the following circumstances:   

  • when a parent is attending mandatory provision where such costs are not met by the provider 
  • where it has been agreed a parent can attend approved non-contracted provision, i.e., there is a formal agreement in place 
  • where it has been agreed a parent can participate in a Work Trial, work experience or sector-based work academy 

Parents should contact their work coach at the Job Centre to request any childcare expenses. 

  • The parent must identify Aktiva as the childcare provider;  
  •  Except for upfront childcare costs, all payments must be paid in arrears  
  • All payments must be made directly to Aktiva in our nominated bank / building society account via SOP  
  •  Childcare costs on behalf of the parent does not exceed the maximum permitted amounts, these are childcare costs up to £175 per week for one child (up to a daily limit of £35) or £300 per week for two or more children (up to a daily limit of £60) can be paid. If awarding childcare for parents working over eight hours and under 16 hours the maximum permitted amounts are lower 
  • Payments of agreed childcare costs must always be paid directly to Aktiva into our nominated bank / building society account. 


The Childcare Grant Payment Service(CCGPS) - For Students 

The amount you’ll get depends on: 

  • your household income 
  • the number of children who are dependent on you 

2023 to 2024 academic year 

You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less. 

The maximum you can get is: 

  • up to £188.90 a week for 1 child 
  • up to £323.85 a week for 2 or more children 


If your childcare for 1 child costs £100 a week, you’ll get £85 - this is 85% of your costs. 

If your childcare for 1 child costs £230 a week, you’ll get £188.90. This is because 85% of your costs are £195.50, which is above the maximum weekly amount. 

You must pay any remaining costs. 

How you’re paid 

Your grant will be paid into a Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS) account. You’ll get an email telling you how to set one up. 

Aktiva will send requests for payment to the CCGPS, which you can approve through your account. You’ll usually need to do this every week. Aktiva will be paid directly from the money in your account. 

You can only approve payments to Aktiva once your course has started. You cannot use the Childcare Grant to pay for upfront costs such as deposits. 

Any money that’s left over at the end of the academic year will be returned to Student Finance England.