Im just wondering if there is anyone else out there who works part time and claims tax credits? Im a lone parent and teach 3 days a week and pay for before and after school care for my son. I earn too much (!) to qualify for the working tax credit element but I do get some for the child care element. I am on UPS3 and my tax credits have dropped by over £100 a month over the last 12 months. I recently rang and queried my payments after talking to non teacher friends of mine who are married with twice the income and pay no childcare but are getting more than me a month. I was told this is probably because they work 30+ hours a week. This is my query- as I work 3 days a week, my payslip says I work 18 hours which as all teachers know, is laughable!! Ive normally done 18 hours by Tuesday lunchtime and wouldn't need to pay childcare if those were the only hours I did. Im just wondering how many hours other part time teachers put on their forms?