Reduce the stress of childcare over the summer holidays

Published: 05 July 2018

Slough Borough Council is reminding parents that they can use Tax-Free Childcare, which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to help pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays.

A YouGov poll revealed a third of British parents feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays, with many parents worried about balancing work and holiday childcare.

However, More than 58,000 registered childcare providers from across the UK have signed up to receive Tax-Free Childcare payments, including hundreds of schools, children’s centres, football, art and tennis clubs.

Parents that pay into their childcare account regularly can ‘save up’ to pay for childcare during school holidays if they choose. The money can go towards a whole range of registered childcare including nurseries, childminders, children’s centres, before and after school clubs, or holiday clubs.

To find out more about the government support available this summer, visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk, and use the childcare calculator.

Parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare, and 30 hours free childcare in England, at the same time. Tax-Free Childcare can be used alongside 30 hours to help pay for additional childcare. Parents are encouraged to apply for 30 hours as soon as possible, in time for next term.

Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for education and children, said: “Organising childcare over the summer holidays can be pretty stressful if you are a working parent.

“We want to raise awareness of the support that is available and encourage parents to use their Tax-Free Childcare to help with the cost of holiday clubs, as well as reminding parents to sign up for their free 30 hours childcare.”