Tax Free Childcare and Childcare Vouchers
Childcare vouchers will cease from the 5th October 2018 and thereafter the Tax-Free Childcare scheme will take over.
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider via an online account.
You can get Tax-Free Childcare if you and your partner (if applicable) are –
in employment or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £131.36 if you’re 25 or over
This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.
Your child must be 11 or under and usually live with you. They stop being eligible on 1 September after their 11th birthday.
Adopted children are eligible, but foster children are not.
If your child is disabled, you may get up to £4,000 a year until they’re 17. They’re eligible for this if they –
get Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment
are registered as blind or severely sight-impaired
You’re not eligible if either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000.
Your childcare provider must be signed up to the scheme before you can pay them and benefit from Tax-Free Childcare.