Paying for childcare: Special educational needs and disabilities

Future funding

Tax-Free Childcare

  • Tax Free Childcare will be launched early 2017
  • For every 80p you or someone else pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p
  • This is equivalent of the tax most people pay (20%), which gives the scheme its name, ‘tax-free’
  • The government will top up the account with 20% of childcare costs up to a total of £10,000 – the equivalent of up to £2000 support per child per year (or £4000 for disabled children)
  • The scheme will be available for children up to the age of 12. It will also be available for children with disabilities up to the age of 17, as their childcare costs can stay high throughout their teenage years
  • The government will be looking at the issues that make it difficult for parents with particular challenges to access childcare, including special educational needs and disabilities. Their experiences will then be used to support the roll out in 2017, with the aim of removing significant barriers to parents taking up their entitlement.

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