Childcare Choices website launched

29 March 2017


Millions of parents can pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website.


The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

Geographical extent – the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme applies to all four nations of the UK.


From September 2017 parents of three and four year old children living in England will also be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.


The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families.


Through the Childcare Choices website parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.