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Tax-Free Childcare in the Holidays

publication date: Jun 26, 2018

Tax free childcare

According to a new YouGov poll out today, almost a third of parents in Great Britain (31 per cent) feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays 

The poll run by YouGov for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also found that around a third of British parents (30 per cent) worried about balancing their job and school holiday childcare. And more than half (54 per cent) admitted they look forward to their children returning to school in September.

But to help with summer childcare, working parents are being reminded that they can use Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays.

More than 58,000 registered childcare providers including school, football, art and tennis clubs have signed up across the UK. Parents that pay into their account regularly can "save up" their TFC allowance and use it for childcare during school holidays. The money can go towards a whole range of regulated childcare including nurseries, childminders, before and after school clubs, or holiday clubs.

Parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare* at the same time and are encouraged to do so before the end of June in time for next term. They can then both be used together, with Tax-Free Childcare payments applying to any additional childcare costs over and above the 30 hours support, throughout the year. Both offers are available to self-employed parents.

Parents can find out what government help is available and apply online by visiting the Childcare Choices website. It includes a Childcare Calculator that compares all the government’s childcare offers to check what works best for individual families.