In April 2017 HMRC started rolling out tax-free childcare, which is aimed at helping working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child each year or £4,000 for disabled children.

From 15 January 2018 tax-free childcare opened to parents whose youngest child is under 9. The scheme opened to all remaining eligible families with children under 12 on 14 February 2018.

Employers who currently operate a childcare voucher scheme in their business must close the scheme to new applicants from the 6th April 2018. Whilst employee's already in the scheme can continue to participate and receive their existing childcare vouchers, they cannot do so if they have successfully applied for Tax-Free Childcare and are obligated to notify their employers of such within 90 days.

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