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
Administered by: Your employer