16 February, 2018
From April 2018, childcare voucher schemes will be closing for new applicants.
Employees who are already in a scheme will be eligible to keep receiving vouchers, but they will not be able to re-join the scheme if they leave, nor will they be able to join a new scheme should they change jobs.
The childcare voucher scheme is being replaced by Tax Free Childcare. Under this scheme, eligible parents will have to open a childcare account.
For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs, £4,000 for a disabled child.
Parents will only be able to pay their childcare provider from their childcare account if their childcare provider is signed up to Tax-Free Childcare.
Parents will usually be eligible if they:
- are aged 16 or over
- live or work in the UK
- are employed or self-employed
- are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in the first year of self-employment.
- earn less than £100,000 a year each
- don’t get other support with childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme
In addition, their child:
- must be under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability
- usually lives with them
- adopted children are eligible, but foster children are not.