Help paying for your childcare

Help paying for
your childcare

How to use Tax Free Childcare

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)

Check you're eligible

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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 (in England)


Apply for Tax-Free Childcare

Apply at

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

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

You can deposit money into your childcare account by debit card, standing order or bank transfer. Any money you deposit into your childcare account, along with the government top-up, will be visible straight away but you will need to wait until they appear in your ‘available funds’ before you can make a payment to your childcare provider(s). 

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).


To continue getting Tax-Free Childcare you need to confirm your details are up to date every 3 months. If you fail to reconfirm, you may miss out on your government top-up. We’ll remind you to do this.