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31 Mar 2014

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.

4 Nov 2016 Early Years

Early Years - update November 2016

Standards and Testing Agency Handbook

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3 Sep 2016 Early Years

Tax free childcare

Tax free childcare is a new government scheme to help parents with their childcare costs.

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17 Aug 2016 Early Years

30 hours free entitlement to childcare

As you may be aware the government has passed legislation to increase the number of hours of free entitlement of childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours.

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10 May 2016 Early Years

Government review into ‘cutting red tape’

Evidence sort from early years childcare providers

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10 May 2016 Early Years

Consultation on disqualification from childcare arrangements


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21 Jun 2017

ISC responds to Primary Assessment Consultation

ISC has responded to the primary assessment consultation. Our response can be downloaded below.

1 Sep 2014

Early years: guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice

From the Department for Education. Advice for early years providers that are funded by the local authority.

1 Mar 2014

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

From the Department for Education. Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.