tax free childcare

Tax Free Childcare

Looking for childcare for the February half-term in Leeds? Don’t forget you can save up to £2,000 a year with Government support.

Families are being reminded that opening a Tax-Free Childcare account can help their bank balance if they have children aged 11 or under – or 16 if their child has a disability – if they go to nursery, a childminder, attends breakfast or after school club, has holiday care or go to an out of school activity.

Victoria Atkins, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:

“Tax-Free Childcare can make a big difference to household budgets and I urge families to make sure they are getting the help they are entitled to.”

For every £8 paid into an online account, families automatically receive an additional £2 from the Government. Parents can receive up to £500 every three months (£2,000 a year), or £1,000 (£4,000 a year) if their child is disabled.

Tax Free Childcare Login

Opening a Tax-Free Childcare account is simple and takes around 20 minutes. Money can be deposited at any time and can be used straight away, or whenever it is needed. Unused money in the account can be withdrawn at any time.

You can sign in here or create an account:

Victoria said:

“It is a simple process – go online today, set up an account and start making real savings on your childcare costs.”

Families could be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare if they:

  • Have a child or children aged 11 or under. They stop being eligible on 1 September after their 11th birthday. If their child has a disability, they may get up to £4,000 a year until 1 September after their 16th birthday.
  • Earn, or expect to earn, at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week, on average.
  • Each earn no more than £100,000 per annum.
  • Do not receive tax credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

“We want to help working families and by using Tax-Free Childcare, they can use the Government top-up to make their money go further. Search ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ on GOV.UK to find out how it could help you.”

Common questions about Tax Free Childcare

What is the login for Tax-Free Childcare?2024-01-24T15:21:44+00:00

In the UK, the login for Tax-Free Childcare is typically accessed through the government’s online portal, GOV.UK. Here’s how you can log in to manage your Tax-Free Childcare account:

Visit the GOV.UK website: Navigate to the official government website at

Find the Childcare Service: Search for ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ on GOV.UK, or directly visit the Childcare section:

Sign In: You will find an option to ‘Sign in’ to your Childcare Account. Click on this to proceed.

Use Government Gateway Credentials: To log in, you will need your Government Gateway user ID and password. This is the same credential you use for other HMRC services. If you haven’t set up an account, you’ll be prompted to create one.

Access Your Account: Once logged in, you can manage your Tax-Free Childcare, check your balance, pay into the account, and set up or cancel recurring payments.

If you’re setting up Tax-Free Childcare for the first time or need to create a Government Gateway ID, you’ll need to have some information handy, like your National Insurance number and a recent payslip or P60.

Remember, Tax-Free Childcare is a UK government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare. For every £8 you pay into your childcare account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

For any specific issues or detailed questions, it’s always best to reach out directly to HMRC or consult the detailed guidance available on GOV.UK.

30 Hours Tax-Free Childcare & Disabled Children2023-02-10T11:24:38+00:00

You may be eligible for 30 hours of tax-free childcare if your child is disabled. Depending on your circumstances and the type of disability, there are different levels of support available; this could include Tax Credits as well as access to the Early Years Pupil Premium. Contact your local authority in order to find out more information.

Understanding Tax-Free Childcare for Disabled Children2023-02-10T11:19:34+00:00

Tax-Free Childcare is a UK Government scheme designed to help working parents with childcare costs. Eligible parents can open an account which the government will then top up by 20% of their payments, up to £500 every three months, per child. For children with disabilities, this amount can be increased to £1,000. The scheme also includes additional government contributions for those on lower incomes who may have a limited ability to save.

How does the 20% Tax-Free Childcare Scheme work?2023-02-09T12:48:00+00:00

The UK government’s tax-free childcare scheme enables eligible parents to open an online account and pay in money. For every £8 they pay in, the government adds an extra £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (for children aged over 11 this rises to £4,000). This money can then be used to pay for childcare costs with approved providers.

What can you use Tax Free Childcare for?2023-02-09T12:32:47+00:00

Tax-Free Childcare can be used to cover the costs of registered childcare, such as day care, nurseries, childminders and some after-school clubs. It is only available in England and cannot be used with other government funded schemes like the Childcare Voucher scheme.

Do both parents need to work for Tax-Free childcare?2023-02-09T12:30:40+00:00

To be eligible for tax-free childcare, both parents (or the single parent with responsibility for the child) need to either work, or be self-employed, or have a combination of work and approved training/education. The other parent also needs to not be prohibited from working due to receiving certain types of incapacity benefits.

Signing up for Tax Free Childcare2023-02-10T11:26:12+00:00

To sign up for Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll need to create an online account. Visit the government’s website and click ‘Sign in/Register’. Once you provide your details, you can set up a payment plan and start managing your payments for child care.

Who is eligible for Tax Free Childcare?2023-02-09T12:19:19+00:00

Tax-free childcare is available to eligible working families in the UK. Both parents must be in paid employment and earning, on average, at least the equivalent of 16 hours per week, but no more than £100,000 each per year. You must also meet a residency requirement if you are from outside of the UK or an EU nation. In addition, your child must be under 12 years of age or 17 if they are disabled.

How much Childcare Support can you get through Tax Free Childcare?2023-02-09T12:17:21+00:00

The amount of childcare support you can get through the Tax Free Childcare scheme depends on your household income and any childcare costs you may have. Typically, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 for disabled children – towards their childcare costs.

Tax Free Childcare Eligibility

Families are advised not to miss out on childcare support. If you know of anyone, who you think may be eligible and benefit, you can forward this on the them by clicking the button below.

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