HMRC reminder on tax-free childcare funding for Easter schemes

With school holidays just three weeks away, HMRC is reminding working parents they can pay for Easter childcare using the tax-free childcare scheme

More than 55,000 registered childcare providers including school, football, art and tennis clubs have signed up.

Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for tax-free childcare, part of the government’s childcare choices offer, for children who are under 12.

For every £8 parents pay into their childcare account the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for a disabled child. This top up is added instantly and parents can then send electronic payments directly to their childcare providers.

The maximum government top-up is £500 per quarter for each child. Parents need to sign back in every three months and confirm their details are up to date, to keep getting government top-ups.

The money can go towards a whole range of regulated childcare including nurseries, childminders, after school clubs or holiday clubs, provided they have also signed up online to receive the money.

 Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘School holidays like Easter are great fun for kids but working parents can need help with childcare.

‘Tax-free childcare can be used to cut the stress and bills for parents, and there are lots of brilliant holiday clubs and childcare providers to help parents over the Easter holiday.

‘Our message to eligible families across the UK is sign up now and save on your childcare costs.’

Parents can find out what help is available on the childcare choices website.

Report by Pat Sweet

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