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Childcare Vouchers

Cut childcare costs by £1,000/year

If you pay for childcare, using special vouchers saves many parents £1,000s a year in tax. If you're not taking advantage, check them out as a matter of urgency.

They're a special Government scheme operated through employers that allow you to pay for childcare from PRE-TAX salary. It mightn't sound big, but the impact can be huge.

If you pay for childcare, using special vouchers saves many parents £1,000s a year in tax. If you're not taking advantage, check them out as a matter of urgency.

They're a special Government scheme operated through employers that allow you to pay for childcare from PRE-TAX salary. It mightn't sound big, but the impact can be huge.

How childcare vouchers work

Childcare vouchers can save many parents with kids aged up to 15 over £1,000 a year on childcare. Frustratingly, they're only available via employers, but many large and small companies take part.

What counts as childcare?

The vouchers cover childcare up to 1 September after your child's 15th birthday (their 16th birthday if they are disabled).

Where to get vouchers from?

Any parent, or those with parental responsibility for a child living with them, is eligible for the vouchers. Yet sadly, to get them, your employer must run a scheme. Follow these steps:

Warning! Vouchers can cost you

While many people can save by using vouchers, they do come with two warnings - they may reduce your pay and could also affect certain benefits.

How will childcare vouchers change in 2015?

Childcare building blocksA new scheme, Tax-Free Childcare, will replace the existing voucher scheme in autumn 2015. If you're already on the current scheme, you can stay on it until your child reaches 15 (providing you don't move jobs). But, unlike childcare vouchers, it will be open to all qualifying parents, not just people whose employer offers the scheme.