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Vouchers & Funding

Tax Free Children & Childcare Vouchers:


Each working parent whose employer has selected to provide them with employer-supported childcare using the Childcare Voucher route does not have to pay tax or NIC on the first £55 per week, or £243 per month. This means considerable savings can be made against the cost of childcare by redeeming these vouchers.


Childcare vouchers are due to be replaced by Tax Free Childcare from 2017.  For further details on how this may affect you please follow this link


Caterpillar Day Nursery accepts all reputable types of Childcare Vouchers. A Childcare voucher can be used as full or part payment for your childcare but must be received by the nursery by the first of the month to pay for your following months invoice. On enrolling at Caterpillar Day Nursery you will be expected to pay for your first month’s childcare fees using the payment options detailed on the Nursery Fees page, whilst your Childcare Voucher is being set up and authorised by both your employer and Caterpillar Day Nursery.


For more information on how the Childcare Voucher Scheme operates please refer to

or contact Caterpillar Day Nursery on 01858 432661.

Working Tax Credit:

Families who send their child to Caterpillar Day Nursery are potentially entitled to reclaim some childcare costs back through Working Tax Credit. Your eligibility ultimately depends upon income

The basic entitlement rules are as follows:


• If you are a one-parent household you must work 16 hours or more. If you a 2 parent household both of you must work at least 16 hours, unless one of you is incapacitated, in hospital or in prison.


• The maximum childcare costs taken into account are £175 a week for one child or £300 a week for more than one child


• The maximum award is 80% of what you pay or 80% of the maximum childcare costs, whichever is the lower. This means that the most help that you can get is £140 a week for one child or £240 a week for 2 or more children.

For more information contact the Inland Revenue Working Tax Credits department on 0845 300 3900 or visit their website


Nursery Education Fund (Free Entitlement for 3 and 4yr olds):

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.


Some 2-year-olds are also eligible


More information on the 15 hours childcare scheme can be accessed here:


From April 2017, the free childcare scheme was increased to 30hrs per week for those parents who are eligible. Again this available for 38 weeks per year, more information is shown on this fact sheet.


Funded Chilcare Guide.pdf






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