Do your employees know about the new Childcare Choices website

30 May 2017

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.

Working parents can start applying for help with their childcare costs through the new digital childcare service.

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.

  • Parents of children who will be under 4 on 31 August 2017, and parents of disabled children under 17, will be able to apply through the childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare.

  • Parents of 2-3 year olds who will be eligible for a 30 hours free childcare place in September, and are younger than school age, can apply through the childcare service and start arranging their place with their childcare provider.

  • Parents with more than one child can apply for all their children when their youngest child becomes eligible.

All of this can be done through the government’s Childcare Choices website.


CIPP comment

The Policy team would be interested to hear members’ views:

  • Are you being affected by the rollout of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC)?

  • Is there a reduction in employee requests for childcare vouchers?

  • Are you experiencing an increase in questions from employees?

  • Do the UK wide differences in childcare provision make a difference?

  • Maybe you are a childcare provider - how are you finding the new system?

  • Have you been able to register easily?

  • Can you track payments authorised through and processed from the TFC accounts?

All feedback is welcome so please do take a moment to share your experiences so far by emailing us at [email protected]. Thank you.