Tax-Free Childcare

The Tax-Free Childcare initiative has been set up by the government in replacement of childcare vouchers. You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working

  • your income (and your partner’s income, if you have one)

  • your child’s age and circumstances

  • your immigration status

Check if you are eligible here.