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Childcare vouchers

Receive significant tax and National Insurance Contribution (NICs) savings on vouchers for childcare.

Childcare vouchers

Who is it for?

Please note that in October 2018, the Childcare Voucher Scheme closed to new applicants and was replaced by Tax-Free Childcare.


If you joined the Childcare Voucher Scheme before October 2018, you may remain in the scheme for as long as the MOD continues to offer it and:


  • You remain with the same employer. If you transfer between Government departments (including going on loan), you may not be eligible.
  • You do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year.
  • You are not a member of the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) Scheme. Once you have joined TFC, you cannot return to the Childcare Voucher Scheme.


What do I get?

Members of the scheme receive tax and National Insurance-exempt childcare vouchers (in either electronic or paper form) of your chosen salary sacrifice amount. The amount you can sacrifice will vary between a minimum of £30 and a maximum of £243 depending on your earnings threshold.

Next Steps


The Childcare Voucher Scheme closed to new applicants in October 2018.

If you are a current member of the scheme, you can view your Childcare Voucher Account by signing into the mylifestyle hub. If you require further information, please see Civilian Childcare Voucher Scheme (MODNet). 


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