Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.
Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.
Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28th April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.
Parents who have registered with the 'keep me updated' tool will be notified when they become eligible.
To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, can visit the Childcare Choices website here
. Where you will find the childcare calculator
to help you compare the Government's childcare offers and check what works best for you.
Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.
post edited by Community Support - 2017/04/20 05:14:37