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Childcare voucher schemes

The childcare voucher scheme is now closed to new applicants and has been replaced by the government's new Tax-Free Childcare scheme. However, if you are using childcare vouchers you can choose to continue to use these instead of joining the new scheme.


Would I be better off using Tax-Free Childcare instead of childcare vouchers?

This would depend on factors such as how much you earn, what your childcare costs are and the age of your children. If you use the childcare calculator on the gov.uk website it can give you an estimate of each scheme to help you make a comparison between them.

You must tell your employer within 90 days if you get Tax-Free Childcare. They'll then stop giving you new vouchers.

You can continue to use any vouchers you already have, including to make a joint payment for childcare with Tax-Free Childcare. There's no deadline for using your vouchers.

Once you've told your employer that you're getting Tax-Free Childcare, you cannot rejoin their voucher scheme.

Visit GOV UK for more information.

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