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Employer Supported Childcare (Childcare Vouchers) - What is Employer Supported Childcare?

Find out more about 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 early 2017, Employer Supported Childcare will be replaced by a new Tax Free Childcare scheme, see our Tax Free Childcare information page.  However, new claims for Employer Supported Childcare will be accepted up until April 2018.

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

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