Children playing


There are a range of free childcare and benefits available, and there are more options available to free activities if your child is entitled to free school meals.

National support for childcare

Local options

School Uniform Swap

School uniforms can be costly to pay for one or more children, not just at the beginning of the school year as growth spurts do not adhere to term time. Ask at your school if they work with a local uniform swap or clothing bank where you may be able to find unworn uniforms or items in good condition.

Warm & welcoming spaces

If the weather does not allow you to spend quality time with your children outside, try some of South Yorkshire’s local warm and welcoming spaces. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield all have wonderful family friendly libraries and museums, which are free of charge. These spaces offer a warm and welcoming space to explore, read and play and often they have a schedule of kids’ activities as well.

Regional support

Barnsley cost of living support

Doncaster cost of living support

Rotherham cost of living support

Sheffield cost of living support