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Tax Free Childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

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

You can use it to pay for approved childcare, for example:
• childminders, nurseries and nannies
• after school clubs and play schemes
• home care agencies

Your childcare provider must be signed up to the scheme before you can pay them and benefit from Tax-Free Childcare.

Your eligibility depends on:
• if you are working
• how much you earn
• your child’s age and circumstances
• your nationality

Your partner’s employment and income will affect your eligibility if you are:
• married or in a civil partnership and live together
• not married or in a civil partnership, but living together as though you are

It will not affect your eligibility if they:
• are or will be absent from your household for more than 6 months
• are a prisoner

Service provider

Tax Free Childcare

Client Groups Served

  • Children and Young People
  • Adult Working Age
  • Parent / Carer


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