Tax-free childcare support is available to help cover Easter holidays

Working parents in Bridgend County Borough can claim up to £2,000 a year to help pay for regulated childcare costs, including holiday clubs and other out-of-school activities, during the Easter holidays.

Under Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax-free childcare scheme, eligible working families can receive up to £500 every three months (or £1,000 if their child is disabled) towards the cost of holiday clubs, before and after school clubs, childminders, nurseries and other approved childcare schemes.

For every £8 deposited into a tax-free childcare online account for children aged up to 11 or 17 if the child has a disability, families will receive an additional £2 from the Government.

More than 11,690 working families across Wales made use of the scheme in December 2021 with HMRC paying out more than £34m in top-up payments.

With recent research estimating that around 1.3 million families could be taking up this government support, parents and carers are being urged to check their eligibility and register for the scheme at the GOV.UK website.

For more information, you can also read an online tax-free childcare guide which explains the benefits of signing up to the scheme.