The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs.
Please take time to read the following as it represents huge savings in terms of paying for childcare.
Childcare voucher schemes will remain open to new joiners until April 2018.
Parents already using childcare vouchers can continue to do so after this date, as long as the employer continues to offer them.
Further information is available from: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Click her to open the infromation sheet: Tax-Free Childcare, 2. 3 & 4 year old 15 hour and 30 hour Funding
For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
With children under 12 (or under 17 if disabled)
For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year - that's up to £500 every three months
Parents of children born on or after 1st April 2013, and parents of disabled children, can apply now.
If you're a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child - that's up to £500 every three months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child - that's up to £1,000 every three months.
You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
If either you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more, you can’t get Tax-Free Childcare. You can’t use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or tax credits. You can use it with the 15 hours and 30 hours schemes.
We can accept payments through this scheme for Breakfast Club and Nursery costs, however you must inform the school office when you have made a payment through your online account in order that it can be reconciled. Without notification of this, payments will be chased.
Tax Free Childcare - technical problems
You may be aware that there have been some difficulties in accessing Tax Free Childcare through childcare accounts for technical reasons. You may be able to claim compensation, and get the government top-up as a one-off payment. There is also the possibility of the government refunding costs caused by the service not working as it should.
HMRC has put together some guidance on how parents should go about claiming compensation: copy and paste the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childcare-service-compensation
30 Hour Code
For parents that have already applied for 30 hours free childcare, you can get your code by signing into your childcare account and selecting ’30 hours free childcare’. The code should start with ‘500’.
If you haven’t been able to complete your application and get your 30 hours free childcare code for technical reasons, you should call HMRC on 0300 123 4097.
In order for you to get your 30 hour free childcare for September, you need to have received your code by 31 August. With the current demand, it is taking longer to process applications, so please complete your application as soon as possible