Help paying for your childcare

Help paying for
your childcare

How to apply for Tax Free Childcare

For working families across the UK, with children under 12 (under 17 if disabled)

Check you're eligible

Find out more about eligibility on

You can't use Tax-Free Childcare together with:

  • Tax Credits
  • Universal Credit
  • Childcare Vouchers

You can use Tax-Free Childcare together with:

  • 30 hours free childcare

Use the online childcare calculator to compare different types of support.

Apply for Tax-Free Childcare

If eligible, you'll get an online childcare account.

Apply at

Watch this video to find out more about how to apply.

Select your childcare provider(s)

Your childcare provider(s) must sign up to receive Tax-Free Childcare payments.

Pay money into your Tax-Free Childcare account

For every £8 you pay in, the government will automatically add £2, up to the value of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

Pay your childcare provider(s)

Use the money in your Tax-Free Childcare account, including the government top up, to make one off or regular payments to your childcare provider(s).


You must confirm your details are up to date every 3 months. If you fail to reconfirm, you may miss out on your government top up.

Sign into your childcare account to confirm your details. 

You will receive a reminder to do this.