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Tax Tip: Childcare scheme alternatives for working parents

If you are an employee and pay for your own childcare, if you are not already in a childcare voucher scheme then this option is no longer available as the government closed such schemes to new applicants on 4 October 2018. However, there are two alternatives for working parents (subject to various eligibility criteria):

  1. ‘Tax free childcare’  where you receive a government top-up of £2 for every £8 you pay into a Tax-Free Childcare account (up to £2,000 per year) for each child
  2. ’30 hours free childcare’ where you can apply to get 30 hours free childcare per week for three and four year olds.