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Tax Free Childcare

Childcare Calculator

Use this calculator to find out how much you could get towards approved childcare

Childcare Vouchers

1. Closed to new applicants

If you joined one of these schemes on or before 4 October 2018 you might be able to keep getting vouchers or directly contracted childcare.

2. If you joined a childcare voucher scheme or a directly contracted childcare scheme on or before 4 October 2018. You can keep getting vouchers or directly contracted childcare as long as:

  • your wages were adjusted on or before 4 October 2018
  • you stay with the same employer and they continue to run the scheme
  • You can take up to £55 a week of your wages, which you do not pay tax or National Insurance on.
  • You do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year
  • How much you can take depends on the amount you earn and when you joined the scheme.
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with Tax- Free Childcare

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.

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