Skip to main content

Tax Free Childcare - Information for Childminders

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tax Free Childcare - Information for Childminders

HMRC's Tax-Free Childcare Scheme - Childminders

HMRC have released some more details about the new Tax-Free Childcare which is due to be launched in early 2017.

Here is some information for Childminders that HMRC recently released on their site.  As soon as more information is realeased I will advise.

HMRC have now launched their new website with more details on the various childcare options:  Here you can also sign up to be alerted when the 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare are available.




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 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 earning at least £115 a week and not more than £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

Childcare Providers you'll need to sign up to receive payments from parents

In September and October 2016, we’ll be sending letters to regulated and approved childcare providers across the UK, asking you to sign up online for Tax-Free Childcare.

You’ll be able to sign up online as soon as you receive your invitation.

You must be a regulated or approved childcare provider to receive Tax-Free Childcare

Only childcare providers registered with a regulator (such as Ofsted) can receive Tax-Free Childcare payments.

Registration can take up to 12 weeks so, if you aren’t registered, register now so that your customers can pay you using Tax-Free Childcare. For registration timelines, please check the appropriate regulators website.

More information about registering with a regulator

Check that your regulator has your current address

You’ll only receive an invitation to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare if your regulator has your current address, so check that this is up to date.

Please also make sure your regulator has your current email address as this will help us if we need to contact you.

Parents will be able to see if you’ve signed up for Tax-Free Childcare

Once you sign up, you’ll appear on our new digital tool which lets parents search for childcare providers signed up for Tax-Free Childcare.

Be ready for Tax-Free Childcare

If you’re running a business, you’ll need your 10-digit Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare. This is the number that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) gave you when you first told HMRC that you were working for yourself.

You can find your UTR on any HMRC communications, for example, your tax return or your payment reminder.

If you’re a nanny, you’ll need your National Insurance number to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare. You can find this on your payslip, P60, or letters from HMRC about tax, pensions and benefits.

Making Tax-Free Childcare payments will be easy

When you sign-up, you’ll need to tell us your bank details. Parents will then be able to send you payments directly from their Tax-Free Childcare accounts to your bank account (via BACS).

Each child will have a Tax-Free Childcare reference number. Parents can let you know their reference number to help you identify their payments.

Looking forward

More information about Tax-Free Childcare will be available later this year.