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Tax-Free Childcare:
A Comprehensive Guide
Consider Tax-Free Childcare as a valuable avenue to cut down on your family's childcare expenses. We acknowledge that delving into the intricacies of this process can be a bit daunting. Allow us to guide you through the details of Tax-Free Childcare, unravelling the complexities and providing clear insights to help you navigate this beneficial option for managing childcare costs effectively.

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What is Tax-Free Childcare?

Tax-Free Childcare is a government initiative aiming to alleviate childcare costs for working parents. To participate, you create an online account on the government’s website, GOV.UK, and contribute funds that are matched by the government with an additional 20%, mirroring the typical tax rate. This scheme provides support of up to £2,000 per child (or £4,000 for disabled children) annually, up to a total childcare cost of £10,000.

Are you eligible for Tax-Free Childcare?

Eligible individuals can apply for all their children simultaneously, including adopted children, as long as they are under 12 (or 17 for children with disabilities). Eligibility is contingent on factors such as employment status, income, child’s age and circumstances, and immigration status. It’s crucial to assess if Tax-Free Childcare is the most suitable option, especially if already receiving Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, or childcare vouchers.

Teacher and little girl playing tamborine at Smart Kids Day Nursery

Teacher and little girl at Smart Kids Day Nursery

How to Apply:

The application process takes about 20 minutes, requiring details like National Insurance numbers and, if self-employed, the Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR).

After approval, payments to the childcare provider can be made tax-free through the government account. Logging in and ensuring “cleared funds” will enable secure and timely payments, reflecting in the childcare provider’s account within 24 hours, contingent on their bank’s processing time.

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What Parents Say About Smart Kids Day Nursery
Based on 9 reviews
Karen McQuaid
Karen McQuaid
I am so pleased with my choice of nursery- my son has been at Smart Kids Day nursery since he was 9months old (now 13 months). He has settled so well with the help of the brilliant staff. The staff and management are very attentive, they all are genuinely interested in my sons development and I trust their judgement wholly. The staff seem to really get on with each other and enjoy their jobs, and the kids benefit hugely from the fun relaxed atmosphere.
Ayka Zayka
Ayka Zayka
My son is going to Smart Kids nursery and he is always happy to go to his nursery🤗the staffs are very friendly, you can leave your child with peace in your heart at Smart Kids nursery they will take good care of your child.Thank you for looking after my Aziz♥️Highly recommended 🤗
Lizzy Adams
Lizzy Adams
Gorgeous place! Staff are so kind, fun and caring. My toddler does a happy dance before going in (most days...). Highly recommended
Kerry Say
Kerry Say
This nursery is really lovely. All the staff are so kind and caring and work very hard. My son loves it there. My son will carry on attending even tho we are moving to another area.
Natasha Vaughan
Natasha Vaughan
My son has been attending Smart Kids for a month. I am so pleased with how he has settled into the baby room with amazing support from Grace. The entire team has made my son and I feel so welcome here. Dad and I have noticed positive changes in our sons sleep pattern and see how excited he is to go to nursery- he literally jumps out of my arms when greeted by staff (I’m not sure whether to be offended 🤣). We are really happy with the services being provided by such a lovely team. Because it is out first child we were very nervous parents, thank you for making this transition so smooth and easing our minds.
Bisola James
Bisola James
My son has been very happy since he started here, he adores the staff and always waves at the manager when we walk by the nursery on his days off. In the past 10 months there has been some exceptional changes, as a parent I have been kept up to date via the newsletter emails and parents board and appreciate all the hard work and commitment from the staff regarding my sons developement. The new team is amazing and I can’t thank them enough.
Carla Diogo
Carla Diogo
This is a really nice nursery, very friendly and most importantly look after my son well and keep me updated with his daily routine. My son loves being there.
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Why Choose Smart Kids Day Nursery
Our comprehensive staff training programme ensures that everyone in our team is up to date on the latest guidance, techniques, learning programmes, and first aid. This way, when your child is attending Smart Kids Nursery, they are cared for and looked after in the very best way. This ensures you feel comfortable and confident while you are away from them.
We have a strict safeguarding policy at Smart Kids Nursery which is never compromised ensuring your child is in the safest hands. With 26 year's experience, we have built a positive management team and systems are in place to guarantee our hygeine standards and behaviour policies are always up to scratch. We partner with local schools so our teams can prepare your child for their next step.
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Our testimonials from parents past and present speak for themselves and assure you that when we say we are committed to your child's development and well-being, it is completely true. We enjoy watching children grow and learn while they are with us and we take pride in ensuring they enjoy each and every day they spend with us.

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