Tax-free childcare scheme
In August 2013 the Government published a consultation document, seeking views on the design and operation of Tax-Free Childcare.
The Government has now published its response to this consultation.
The scheme will open in autumn 2015 and be available to around 1.9 million working families with children under 12 by the end of its first year of operation. Parents currently receiving childcare vouchers can continue to benefit from the scheme with their current employer should they wish to do so, but it will be closed to new entrants from autumn 2015. The government says this about what type of childcare will qualify (underlining is ours):
- Tax-Free Childcare will support parents with the costs of childcare that is formally registered or approved.
- This can include childcare provided by nurseries, play-schemes, childminders, nannies and school based care.
- Tax-Free Childcare will define 'registered and approved' childcare in the same way as tax credits, Universal Credit and Employer-Supported Childcare.
- Childcare must be registered with Ofsted in England, with equivalent authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or other recognised, regulatory bodies.
This suggests that schools will be able to accept payments from the new childcare accounts on similar terms as the current childcare voucher scheme, ie: for care provided outside the normal hours of compulsory education adopted by the school and on school premises, or on premises that are covered by the inspection of the whole school activity by ISI. We are working with policy officials to clarify the precise eligibility criteria.
Early Years - update November 2016
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