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Employer Supported Childcare (Childcare Vouchers)

What is Employer Supported Childcare?

If you are working, you might get help with childcare costs through Employer Supported Childcare, sometimes referred to as a Childcare Voucher Scheme.

Employer Supported Childcare involves giving up some of your pay in order to receive childcare vouchers instead. This is called a salary sacrifice scheme.

Your employer can:

•    pay directly towards a childcare service, such as a workplace nursery

•    pay a subsidy to a registered provider outside of the workplace

•    provide you with a childcare voucher, usually via a childcare voucher company who administers the scheme.

From Autumn 2015 Employer Supported Childcare will be replaced by a new Tax Free Childcare scheme, see our Tax Free Childcare information page.

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Age rules: There are no specific age rules

Type of benefit: Non means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Your employer