Poll: 67% have not communicated the changes to childcare vouchers to staff

Employee Benefits poll: More than two-thirds (67%) of employer respondents have not communicated the changes to childcare vouchers to employees.

The poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 70 responses, found that a third (33%) of respondents have informed staff about the changes.

The government began rolling out its tax-free childcare scheme this month (April 2017), which covers childcare costs of up to £2,000 per year for children under 12 years old. Parents with disabled children under the age of 17 can receive up to £4,000 per year.

The tax-free childcare scheme is being rolled out gradually, with all eligible parents expected to be enrolled by the end of this year.

The existing childcare voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants until April 2018.

Meanwhile, working parents in England with children aged between three and four years old will see their access to free childcare increase from 15 to 30 hours a week from September 2017. This is estimated to be worth approximately £5,000 per child.