Tax-Free Childcare scheme

The Government is introducing a Tax-Free Childcare scheme and this will be rolled out to all eligible families gradually throughout 2017.


The scheme will be available to parents with children under 12 years old, or under 17 years old if the child has a disability.

Parents will apply directly for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme and the 30 hour scheme through the Childcare Service System, developed by the government.

The existing Employer Supported Childcare scheme will remain open to new applicants until April 2018. The benefits of each scheme will depend on your personal circumstances and the amount of income tax you pay. Read the Government’s top ten things parents should know about Tax-Free Childcare.

Updated: 25 April 2017