How does it work?
Unlike childcare vouchers (which were available to employees only) the Tax Free Childcare scheme is open to eligible Self Employed parents with children under 12.
For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of an additional £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).
The maximum government top-up is £500 per quarter for each child.
The monies can be used to pay for registered childcare providers, including childminders, schools, nannies, after school clubs and playschemes.
Parents can find out what help is available on the Childcare Choices website at:
On the site, you can also find a Childcare Calculator where you can compare all the Government’s childcare offers to see what works best for you.