Tax Free Childcare with HMRC

In 2022 we are working with HMRC across the UK to support new approaches to increasing the take-up of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC). There are two different elements to the project.

Firstly, there were two national webinars - one for early years and childcare providers (including Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) providers, and one for local authority staff and family facing professionals in partner organisations (see below). These webinars aimed to:

  • raise awareness of TFC and increase understanding of it
  • motivate parents and providers to take it up
  • equip attendees with the ideas and tools they need to help

We believe all sorts of family facing professionals and indeed other parents, have an important role in sharing information, helping to raise awareness, and supporting the process of taking up Tax-Free Childcare. Family facing roles include, for example, health visitors, social workers, housing officers, children’s centre staff, early help, early years and childcare providers, school teachers, job centre staff (or all such equivalents) across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The webinars and supporting resources have been recorded and shared with LAs, partners and hosted online for all to access. You can find the provider webinar recording here:

Secondly, there has been targeted work with 10 local authorities/areas identified by using HMRC data on local take-up and populations.

  • the 10 areas will be based upon those with lower take-up rates and the capacity/potential to increase them
  • we will be offering a review and action planning process tool, with advisers to work through the tool with the local areas to identify starting points and things that can be done locally to raise awareness and understanding and motivate changed behaviours
  • the result of the review will be to initiate an action plan containing actions to support the increase of take-up of TFC.

In a project extension, we will be running a feedback loop webinar for local authorities to share more widely the learning from phase one of the programme. We will also be working with a further 5 local authorities to explore possible actions in action learning sets, so the impact of the project can be further tested to benefit more areas and the children and families they serve. Look again at Tax-Free Childcare briefing.

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