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Reduce Stress over School Holidays – Government help with Childcare Costs

Almost a third of parents feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays according to a new poll out today. The poll run by YouGov for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also found that a third of parents worried about balancing their job and school holiday childcare.

To help with summer childcare costs, working parents can use Tax-Free Childcare. For every £8 a parents pays into their Tax-Free childcare account the government pays in £2, up to £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children). The offer is available throughout the UK, to employed and self-employed parents with children aged under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children).

Parents that pay into their childcare account can ‘save up’ the money and use it for childcare during school holidays. More than 58,000 regulated childcare providers from across the UK have signed up to receive Tax-Free Childcare payments, including 100s of holiday clubs.

Parents can find out more about what government help is available and apply online by visiting the Childcare Choices website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. It includes a Childcare Calculator that compares all the government’s childcare offers to check what works best for individual families.

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