The government have confirmed the closure of Childcare Vouchers to new entrants from 4th October 2018
Existing scheme members
To be recognised as an existing scheme member, vouchers must be credited into the account prior to the 4th October 2018. Depending on the employers’ payroll cycle, this may mean that the September payroll is the last payroll in which new members can receive Childcare Vouchers.
As an existing scheme member parents can continue to the savings gained via Childcare Vouchers for as long as they remain with their employer, and their employer continues to offer the scheme. If a parent’s employment changes under TUPE, they are entitled to join the scheme of their new employer. However, if a parent changes employment through their own choice, they will no longer be classed as an ‘existing scheme member’ under the new rules will not be allowed to join their new employer’s scheme.
The current 52-week rule can still apply to existing scheme members, this allows a break in the voucher order for up to 52 weeks. However, if the parent does not re-order vouchers before the 52-week deadline, they will no longer be classed as an existing scheme memberand eligible to remain in the Childcare Voucher scheme.