Child Care

    HM Revenue and Customs is reminding working families that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs

    Tax-Free Childcare is a childcare top-up for working parents and can be used to help pay for accredited holiday clubs, child-minders or sports activities. It’s available for children aged up to 11 or 17 if the child has a disability.

    For every £8 deposited into an account, families will receive an additional £2 in government top-up, capped at £500 every three months, or £1,000 if the child is disabled.

    HM Revenue and Customs say they want to help children stay active when not in school, whether they go to holiday clubs or a child-minder.

    You can apply for an account at any time and start using it straight away. By depositing money into your accounts, you can benefit from the 20% top-up and use the money to pay for childcare costs when you need to.

    Tax-Free Childcare is also available for preschool-aged children attending nurseries, child-minders or other childcare providers.

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