WORKING parents could be entitled to tax-free childcare worth up to £2,000 per child, per year to pay towards regulated holiday clubs during the school break.

You can choose from more than 68,000 childcare providers that have signed up, including school and summer camps across the country. 

If you pay into your tax-free childcare account regularly, you can save up your money and use it for childcare during school holidays. For every £8 that you pay in, the government will make a top-up payment of an additional £2. The money saved can be put towards a whole range of other childcare options, including before and after school care when term time starts again in September.

The scheme is open to working parents, including self-employed, who earn between the minimum wage and £100,000 per year and have children aged 0-11 years old. 

Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “We understand making arrangements for summer childcare at this time of year is important and can be a stressful time for parents. Tax-free childcare makes things easier, putting more money in the pockets of parents and supporting as many families as possible to secure high-quality, affordable childcare.”

You can find out more and apply at, which includes a childcare calculator that compares all the government’s childcare offers to check what works best for you.

Don’t forget that there’s more childcare information specific to military families available on the Army Families Federation website.

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