A new Childcare Choices website has now been launched, so that millions of parents can pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers.
We know that childcare is important to many Naval families (click here to see our Childcare survey results) so we’re pleased to see that Childcare Choices has brought together all the government childcare offers for the first time, to help parents find the right childcare support to suit them.
As part of Childcare Choices, the government is introducing two new offers in 2017 – HMRC’s Tax-Free Childcare and the Department for Education’s 30 hours free childcare.
The introduction of Tax-Free Childcare will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children, for working families across the UK.
The new 30 hours free childcare offer will be available in England for working parents of three and four year olds from September 2017. Parents will be able to apply in advance of September, and at the same time as Tax-Free Childcare.
The Childcare Choices website, launched today, includes a Childcare Calculator for parents to compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families.
Through the site parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply.
David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“The new Childcare Choices website provides busy families with options that suit their needs, so they can clearly see which childcare offer works best for them. For the first time, we have brought all the childcare options together to make the process easier and simpler for families and childcare providers.”
Education Secretary, Justine Greening, said:
“Affordable childcare and early years education are a vital part of how we can get our children on the right path, whilst also helping parents to be back at work, if that is what they want. Many parents are struggling to balance the cost of childcare against the benefits of being in work and this government wants to help.
“From today, parents can use the Childcare Choices website to find out what support is available for their family. It’s a quick and easy way for parents to choose the offer that’s best for them and their children.”