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Home Advice for Parents & CarersChildcare Support Which childcare schemes can be used together?

Which childcare schemes can be used together?

Last updated: 1 Dec 2021

Parents and carers are often confused about whether they are able to use more than one schemes offering help with childcare costs at the same time.

We have produced a handy table to help guide you:

Can be used togetherCannot be used together
Tax-Free Childcare and 15/30 hours free childcareTax-Free Childcare and Tax Credits
Universal Credit and 15/30 hours free childcareTax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit
Tax Credits and 15/30 hours free childcareTax-Free Childcare and Childcare vouchers
Childcare vouchers and Universal CreditTax Credits and Universal Credit
Childcare vouchers and Tax Credits

Note: You cannot usually make new claims for tax credits. Most new claims need to be for Universal Credit. However, if you already get any of the benefits being replaced by UC, it is best to seek advice before claiming.

You no longer join a childcare voucher scheme unless you are already in a scheme – new applications closed in 2018.

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