Beckenham, Eltham, Greenwich, Epsom, Tonbridge, St Albans and Richmond schools are OFSTED registered and therefore accept payment by childcare vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare. If you don’t have our Childcare Voucher Provider ID yet, please contact your LinguaPlay branch and they will be happy to help.
Childcare and Tax-Free Childcare are two programs in the United Kingdom that provide financial support to parents for the costs associated with their children’s care and education. Here’s an explanation of each:
- Childcare Vouchers was a scheme that allowed employees to exchange a portion of their pre-tax salary for vouchers to be used to pay for registered childcare services. These vouchers were provided by employers and allowed parents to reduce their taxable income, resulting in potential tax savings. However, the Childcare Vouchers scheme closed to new applicants on October 4, 2018. If you were already in the scheme by that date, you could continue to use it as long as your employer offered it.
- Tax-Free Childcare is a more recent government initiative designed to help working parents with the cost of childcare. It’s open to both employed and self-employed parents in the UK. Under this scheme, for every £8 that a parent pays into their Tax-Free Childcare account, the government adds an additional £2. This effectively covers 20% of the childcare costs, up to a maximum government contribution of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children). The scheme is available for children up to the age of 11 (or 17 for children with disabilities). The money in the Tax-Free Childcare account can only be used to pay for registered childcare providers.
- LinguaPlay is an approved childcare provider, eligible individuals might be able to claim childcare element of Universal Credit. For more information and to check your eligibility please refer to gov.uk.
It’s important to note that Tax-Free Childcare is accessible to a wider range of families compared to the previous Childcare Vouchers scheme. Additionally, the Tax-Free Childcare scheme is not linked to an employer and is managed directly by the parents or guardians.
Both Childcare Vouchers (for those who were already enrolled) and Tax-Free Childcare are part of the government’s efforts to support families by reducing the financial burden of childcare expenses, allowing parents to work while ensuring their children receive quality care and education.
To register for Tax-Free Childcare, please go to the GOV.UK website.