how to pay for childcare on universal credit

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    hollybobs
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    long story short

    lost my job in September/october went from working full time to claiming universal credit, didnt get any universal credit payment till 29th november (sold alot a stuff on ebay and used credit cards to live for two months) and that was only £900 which i now get same date every month. After paying bills im left with 35 a week for food etc. Today iv been  offered a part time job 16 hrs a week but when i rang UC about childcare they said i have to pay it then send them to the receipt then they pay me the money back. I have no money to pay this and the job centre have said I cant turn down a job offer or it will have to go to a decision maker to see if i will get sanctioned. I dont know what im suppose to do now its like they are expecting me to turn my child invisible so i can go out to work. Iv got no idea where to turn now as with tax credits they helped with payments straight away and the child care fees need to be paid weekly iv already spoke to them and they are not willing to wait a month because i will always be a month behind.

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    hollybobs
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    4, in school full time so its just wrap around care i need but they dont do it for the morning and they dont do breakfast club as not enough children was going last term so they gave me a list of child minders other parents use, so would be a child minder in the morning and after school club till 3 – 6pm

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