You may be aware that the government planned to introduce their TFC scheme on 28th April. However, they have now published a news story
confirming the launch of TFC, a week earlier than planned.
This launch date may have been brought forward due to purdah commencing before their original launch date, following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a general election on 8th June. We believe that the government are not able to promote TFC during purdah through its planned communications, however it may be used as part of election campaigning.
There has also been a change to the government’s planned roll out to parents, with an announcement that parents with children aged 4 or younger are able to apply for TFC first. The full roll out is planned before the end of the year and we will advise you of further timings as soon as they are known.
Alongside this announcement, the government has published
operational guidance on the 30-hours childcare entitlement available from September. This guidance includes information on how parents will register for TFC.
As mentioned, previously, the Childcare Choices website
provides a calculator for parents to compare the childcare offers available and check whether they will be better off with care-4 childcare vouchers, TFC or another government provided scheme.
If parents have already accessed this site and pre-registered for email alerts, it is likely that they will receive an alert shortly if they are a parent of a child aged under 4 at 31st August 2017.
Parents registering for TFC will be required to leave employer supported childcare
Households must choose the scheme that is best for them and cannot participate in both schemes at the same time.
Parents will be required to re-confirm their eligibility every 90 days and must have left care-4 before the next eligibility period.
Where parents are eligible for TFC and then one parent’s salary increases to £100,000 or more during the year, will need to confirm their ineligibility for TFC in the next 90 day period.
The government have now confirmed that parents who leave employer supported childcare schemes such as care-4 to join TFC, will not be able to leave TFC and re-join care-4 regardless of whether this happens before April 2018.