The Government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. 'Childcare Choices' is the new online HMRC childcare service.
Childcare Choices - sets out all current and upcoming Government childcare offers and support available to parents, including the Tax-Free Childcare scheme and 30 hours, the 15 free hours, tax credits, Universal Credit and childcare vouchers.
Included on the website is a Childcare Calculator for parents to compare all offers and support available to check what works best for you and your family.
The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017, cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
On top of this, from September this year parents of three- and four-year-old children living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
Through the site parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.