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What are childcare vouchers?


From 4 October 2018, childcare vouchers are closed to new entrants. For more information, please speak to your employer.

For those people who are still eligible after the closure of childcare vouchers to new entrants, all registered childcare providers can accept childcare vouchers as a method of payment, including:
 
  • Nurseries
  • Nannies
  • Au pairs
  • Creches
  • Childminders
  • Out of school clubs
  • Extra-curricular activities (such as music lessons)
  • Breakfast and after-school clubs
  • Holiday clubs or schemes
  • Activity holiday companies 
  • Qualifying childcare offered by schools
 
 
 
 
 
For parents who joined a scheme after 6 April 2011, the Government has capped the amount of childcare vouchers a taxpayer can request each month to £243 for a Basic rate tax-payer, £124 for a Higher rate taxpayer and £110 for an Additional rate taxpayer. Parents who joined their employer's childcare voucher scheme before 6 April 2011 can continue to request up to £243 a month (£55 a week) in childcare vouchers, regardless of their tax status, providing they remain in their employer's scheme (i.e. they have received a childcare voucher in the last rolling 12 month period).
 
*Figures quoted are the maximum available savings for a Basic rate taxpayer. Higher and Additional rate taxpayers may save up to £623 a year. The savings you make will depend on your circumstances.

**Figures quoted relate to the maximum family savings, if both working parents are Basic rate taxpayers and use childcare vouchers. If both working parents are Higher or Additional rate taxpayers they may save up to £1,246 a year. The savings you make will depend on your circumstances.
 
^1 September following 15th birthday or 1 September following 16th birthday for children who are registered disabled.