Get Tax-Free Childcare: step by step
Check if you’re eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, how to apply and how to pay your childcare provider.
Step 1 Check you're eligible
Step 2 Check if you'll be better off
Your tax credits will stop immediately if you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare.
You (and your partner, if you have one) will also have to cancel your Universal Credit and childcare vouchers.
Before you apply, check if it's the right option for you.
Step 3 Apply for Tax-Free Childcare
There's one application for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare. As part of your application, you will find out if you can get both.
If you're eligible you'll get a childcare account. You can use this to pay your childcare provider.
Step 4 Sign in to your account to pay your childcare provider
and Reconfirm your details every 3 months
You must confirm your details are up to date every 3 months.