Childcare vouchers

Please note: the government is closing the Childcare Voucher Scheme later this year. Payroll will be accepting new applications to join the Childcare Voucher Scheme up until 31 August 2018.

The University will not accept any new applications from 1 September 2018.

Existing members of the scheme will be unaffected by these changes.

You may be able to get tax-free childcare, find out more.

Childcare vouchers are a simple and efficient way for employees to enjoy significant tax and National Insurance savings.

Vouchers can be used to pay for a wide range of childcare provision, but all carers who receive vouchers as payment must either be registered with Ofsted or the equivalent authority for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland or have approved status.

The Vouchers can be used to pay for childcare from 0-16 years old, including:

  • Day Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Before and after school clubs
  • Holiday schemes
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs.

The provision of vouchers must be part of an employer's scheme, and the University of Bristol has teamed up with an organisation to deliver our Scheme called Edenred. Payments can be made either via paper vouchers or an electronic transfer of funds to a childcare provider.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the Childcare Voucher Scheme, please download the Childcare Voucher Scheme Guide (PDF, 322kB)  together with the Childcare Vouchers Salary Sacrifice Form (PDF, 1,018kB)

If you would like to speak to someone, please contact Angela Curnow, Payroll Supervisor Tel: (0117) 95 46375, Email: who will be happy to help.