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Tax–Free Childcare

NEW - Tax-free Childcare Scheme from 2017

Tax-Free Childcare is a new Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs.

Parents could be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare if they: earn (on average) at least £120 per week but less than £100,000 per year; don’t receive childcare vouchers, tax credits or Universal Credit; have children who are under 12, or under 17 for disabled children. 

Parents will be able to open online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly and the government will add to the account. For every £8 parents pay in to these accounts, the Government will add £2. Parents could receive a Government contribution of up to £2,000 per child, per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

Parents will be able to track how much they’ve paid in and how much they’ve spent for each child. The top up will be added into the account on the same day, and the total amount will be available to pay for childcare.

Information for providers

Please check the information for providers on the Family Information Service website for updates. 


Information for parents

Please check the information for parents on the Family Information Service website for updates.     


Updated 24/07/17

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