Tax-Free Childcare

This year the government will introduce Tax-Free Childcare, a new UK-wide scheme to help working parents pay for childcare.

What is Tax-Free Childcare?

Parents will be able to open an online childcare account, which they will use to pay for their childcare directly.

For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or £4,000 for disabled children - separate from funded entitlements. The offer will be available for children up to the age of 12, or 17 for children who are disabled.

To qualify, both parents will have to be in work, and each expecting to earn at least £115 a week - and not more than £100,000 each year.

Tax-Free Childcare can be used to pay for:

  • Pre schools
  • Registered childminders
  • Day nurseries
  • School based care (that is paid for, such as after-school clubs)

Parents can’t claim Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as claiming tax credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers. Childcare providers can receive payments from both Tax-Free Childcare and childcare vouchers.

For further information on Tax-Free Childcare please visit

How do I apply?

To apply for tax Free Childcare please visit the Childcare Choices website. You can apply for Tax free Childcare and 30 hours funding via the same website

Search for childcare providers that are signed up to tax free childcare

To find local childcare providers who are already signed up to offer tax free childcare please visit the website.

Live Chat

graphic which links to our Live Chat service


Is this information helpful?

Tell us how we can improve this page

Contact us

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.
If you continue to use the site, we'll assume you are happy to receive all cookies. For details, please see our privacy policy.