Find out how to sign up to Tax-Free Childcare and get a childcare provider account to receive payments from parents using the scheme.
Who can sign up
If you’re an approved or registered childcare provider, you can sign up to get a childcare provider account. This allows you to set up your bank account details and receive payments from parents who use Tax-Free Childcare.
If you’ve already signed up to Tax-Free Childcare you can sign in to your childcare provider account instead.
There’s another way to apply for Tax-Free Childcare if you’re a parent.
What you’ll need
To sign up you should be the main contact for your business. You’ll be able to set up a ‘delegate’ to manage your account for you during the process.
You’ll need your:
- 11-digit user ID from your invitation letter – if you didn’t get one or have lost it, contact the helpline
- bank account details
- 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re registered for Self Assessment or Corporation Tax
- National Insurance number, if you’re directly employed, for example as a nanny
If you’re a school run by a local authority, you should contact their finance team to find out their UTR and postcode and use that to sign up.
If your business is owned by another company, use their UTR and postcode to sign up.
How to sign up
You can sign up online in around 10 minutes.
HMRC services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.
After you sign up
You’ll get a childcare provider account which you can use to keep your details up to date, allowing parents who use Tax-Free Childcare to pay you.
You can sign in to your childcare provider account at any time to update your details.
After signing up to Tax-Free Childcare you can still accept payments from parents using childcare vouchers and other methods.