Tax free childcare

  • Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay for their childcare costs including nursery, childminder and after-school care fees.
  • For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).
  • Tax Free Childcare is available for working families, including the self-employed, with children under 12 years old (or under 17 if disabled).

Apply for tax-free childcare

If you have been unable to access tax free childcare through their childcare account for technical reasons, you may be able to claim compensation.

HMRC will also consider refunding any reasonable costs directly caused by their mistakes or unreasonable delays.

Find out more

More detailed information on all Government help with childcare costs for parents on GOV.UK