Am I eligible?
You, and any partner, must be over 16 and each expect to earn (on average) at least £139 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
You can’t get Tax-Free Childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.
Find out more about eligibility on www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare
Apply for TFC (Tax Free Childcare Account)
Apply at www.gov.uk/apply-for-tax-free-childcare
If eligible, you’ll get an online childcare account.
How can I use it?
You can use Tax-Free Childcare all year round to spend on regulated childcare, such as:
- Childminders, nurseries and nannies
- Before and after-school clubs and holiday clubs
For example, if your childcare costs are £750 per month, you would pay £600 into your childcare account and the government would pay in £150. This would be an annual saving of £1,800 per child.
Please view the step by step guide on how to use Tax-Free Childcare.
You can use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as (where available):
- 15 hours free childcare
- 30 hours free childcare
You can’t use it with: