Update on childcare service
HMRC are rolling out the childcare service to children aged under 9 on 15 January (children who become 9 on that date also qualify). All remaining eligible parents can apply from 14 February.
- Today, Tax-Free Childcare opens to parents whose youngest child is under 9, or who turns 9 today. The scheme will open to all remaining eligible families with children under 12 on 14 February 2018. This means all eligible parents will be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare before the end of this financial year.
- Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax-Free Childcare by visiting the Childcare Choices website. Parents can also access the government’s childcare calculator through Childcare Choices, which helps parents to choose which government childcare support is best for them.
- Since opening the childcare service, through which parents apply for 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare, more than 325,000 customers have successfully applied and are now using the service.
You can see the GOV.uk story here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-opens-to-children-under-9