Tax-free childcare scheme extended
Government Childcare Schemes
From 21 April 2017, working parents can start applying for two new government childcare schemes launching this year:-
- Tax-free childcare – begins immediately
- 30 hours free childcare – commences in September 2017
This means that working parents of children who are aged under 4 years of age on 31 August 2017, can now apply through the new digital childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare.
Successful claimants will receive a government top-up of £2 for every £8 that they pay into their Tax-Free Childcare account.
Additionally, all parents of disabled children (under 17 years old) will also be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare from today.
In addition, parents of 2-3 year olds, who will be eligible for a 30 hours free childcare place in September, can apply through the childcare service and start arranging a place with their childcare provider.
The Childcare Choices website provides information on the government’s childcare schemes and explains how parents can pre-register or apply. It also includes a childcare calculator to show eligible families how much they could receive.
Tax-free childcare will reduce UK childcare costs by up to £2,000 per year for each child under 12 years old, or £4,000 per year for disabled children under 17 years old. The programme will be rolled out through the year and by the end of 2017, all eligible parents will be able to receive it.
From this September 2017, working parents of three and four-year-olds living in England will also be entitled to the new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
Parents will only need to make a single application for both schemes when their children become eligible.