What are Childcare Vouchers?
They're a Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. If you join the scheme, you can exchange up to £243† a month (£55† a week) of your gross salary for childcare vouchers.
The part of your gross salary you exchange for childcare vouchers is tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions (NI). Because of this, you can make savings of up to £933* a parent, a year.
Not everyone can join a Childcare Voucher scheme, it all depends on your employer. Some employers offer childcare vouchers whilst others do not.
Little Bears is currently registered with KiddiVouchers, Childcare Plus and Fideliti.
In January 2017 the Childcare Voucher scheme is changing.
Tax Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare is a new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.
Parents will be able to open an online account, which they can use to pay for childcare from a registered provider.
For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or £4,000 for disabled children.
The scheme will be available for children up to the age of 12, or 17 for children with disabilities.
To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each expecting to earn at least £115 a week. Each parent must not have income over £100,000 per year
Tax-Free Childcare scheme launch to parents
Tax-Free Childcare will be launched from early 2017. The scheme will be rolled out gradually to families, with parents of the youngest children able to apply first.
Parents will be able to apply for all their children at the same time, when their youngest child becomes eligible. All eligible parents will be able to join the scheme by the end of 2017.