Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs. Parents are able to open online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly and the government will add to the account.
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
- Information for ProvidersInformation for Parents
Providers will need to register for Tax-Free Childcare to allow parents to make childcare payments to them from their account.
If you have any queries contact HMRC on 0300 123 4097
Check if your provision is listed as registered for Tax-Free Childcare on the Childcare Service Childcare Provider Checker
Local Authority Maintained Schools
If you are a childcare provider run by a maintained school, you will need to provide the following Local Authority Unique Tax Reference (UTR) and postcode when signing up:
Post code: EX2 4QW
You will be able to sign up using all of the following:
- User ID from the sign up letter received from the Government
- Unique Tax Reference (UTR) (Corporation tax) – this can be found on your HMRC tax statement or your personal tax account
- The bank account details where you will receive the childcare payments
HMRC are setting up a process for charities to register using the following details:
- User ID from the sign up letter received from the Government.
- Regulator number
- Registered charity number
Parents will need to apply for Tax-Free Childcare to set up an account and use it to pay providers.
Parents can search for registered providers on the Childcare Service Childcare Provider Checker
For more information on paying for childcare please see the Childcare Choices