Tax-Free Childcare information for parents
The Tax-Free Childcare scheme is available to parents of children under 12 years old (under 17 if they have a disability).
If you're a working parent, you can apply for Tax-Free Childcare which is available now. Tax-Free Childcare will replace Childcare Vouchers in the future.
You can apply if you have a:
- child under 4 on 31st August 2017
- disabled child who is under 17
You may also be eligible for the new 30 hours free childcare scheme. Find out more about 30 hours free childcare offer.
Apply for Tax-Free Childcare
If eligible apply for Tax-Free Childcare through the new Childcare Service. If you are eligible for 30 hours, you can apply through the same application.
How will it work?
How to use Tax-Free childcare:
- You will set up an online childcare account to pay your childcare provider from.
- For every £8 you pay into the account, the government will pay £2. The most the government will pay is £2,000 per child per year, and £4,000 for disabled children.
- Every child will have a Tax-Free Childcare reference number. You can use this number to help identify payments.
- You can only use Tax-Free Childcare to pay for registered or approved providers who sign up to the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.
Can I claim Tax-Free Childcare alongside other funding?
If you are already claiming Tax Credits or Childcare Vouchers, you cannot claim Tax-Free Childcare too. You can use the government's childcare funding calculator (opens in a new window) to work out which is better for your family. You can claim both Tax-Free Childcare and up to 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
More information on the government's childcare schemes is available on the Childcare Choices website (opens in a new window). It also includes a childcare calculator to find out how much you could receive.