Highbury Primary School and Nursery are set up to receive childcare payments through the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.
You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.
You can use it to pay for approved childcare, for example:
Your childcare provider must be signed up to the scheme before you can pay them and benefit from Tax-Free Childcare.
You can use the extra Tax-Free Childcare money you get to help pay for extra hours of childcare. You can also use it to help pay your childcare provider, so they can get specialist equipment for your child such as mobility aids. Talk to them about what equipment your child can get.
Your eligibility depends on:
You can usually get Tax-Free Childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
If you’re on adoption leave, you cannot apply for the child you’re on leave for unless you’re going back to work within 31 days of the date you first applied.
Over the next 3 months you and your partner (if you have one) must each expect to earn at least:
This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.
You can use an average of how much you expect to earn over the current tax year if:
If you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago, you can earn less and still be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare.
You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.
You can apply if you’re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.
You must include your partner in your application if you are:
Their employment and income will not affect your eligibility if they:
You and your ex-partner need to decide who should apply if you are jointly responsible for your child.
If you cannot decide, both of you must apply separately and HMRC will decide who gets a childcare account.
If you apply for Tax-Free Childcare and someone else already gets 30 hours free childcare for that child, their 30 hours will stop at the end of the next term. You will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare instead.