Tax-Free Childcare

Did you know that you could claim up to £500 every 3 months for each of your children aged up to 11 years to help with the costs of childcare? If you claim tax-free childcare, the government will pay an additional £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider via an online account.

That’s a saving of £2,000 per annum!

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Am I Eligible?

You (and your partner) must both be over the age of 16 and each expect to earn (on average) at least £152 per week. You cannot claim Tax-Free Childcare if either you or your partner each individually expect to earn £100,000 per annum or more.

You cannot claim Tax-Free Childcare with:

  • Tax Credits
  • Universal Credit
  • Childcare Vouchers

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What Can I Use Tax-Free Childcare For?

You can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay for an approved Ofsted-registered childcare or childminder agency.

For example:

  • Childminder, nurseries and nannies
  • After-school clubs and play schemes

How to Apply for Tax-Free Childcare

Applying for Tax-Free Childcare takes approximately 20 minutes. Before you start your application, you will need:

  • A form of ID, such as a passport or a P60
  • Your (and your partner’s) national insurance number
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Next Steps

Once you have set up a Tax-Free Childcare account, please contact our accounts team who will advise you on how to make payments through the system.

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020 8598 2600

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