Childcare Voucher scheme deadline extended
The Childcare Voucher scheme has been extended by six months, the education minister has announced.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, said the Childcare Voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants for a further six months.
Originally, the scheme was set to close to new members on 5 April with the new Tax-free childcare scheme set to replace it. But the deadline for the former scheme has now been pushed back till after October 2018.
However, no final cut off date has been announced as yet.
The government confirmed that parents already on the scheme will be able to continue accessing it.
See YourMoney.com’s Childcare Vouchers scheme guide for more information.
Adrian Warren, senior product director at Grass Roots Group, said the extension will be a relief to many families.
“Not only were many working parents experiencing problems with the new government Tax-Free Childcare programmes, it was clear that many would be worse off.”