OOSC Childcare Voucher Information

We accept childcare vouchers so working parents can save money on their fees!

The new government tax-free childcare scheme is due to replace the existing Childcare Vouchers used by parents. This is for new registrants only and parents who are already in a voucher scheme can continue to use their existing scheme to pay OOSC. We are registered with all clubs to accept the Governent Tax Free vouchers. These are listed under individual club postcodes - which may be found on your club page.
 
OOSC are currently registered to accept childcare vouchers from: Edenred, Computershare Voucher Services, Care4, FairCare, Bristol City Council, Allsave, Salary Extras, Kiddivouchers, BusyBees, BANES, Fideliti, PES and Sodexo.  Scroll down for how to set up payments** 

What are childcare vouchers?  

  •   An employee benefit that is tax and National Insurance exempt
    Once an employer is registered with a voucher provider, eligible working parents are entitled to exchange up to £243† a month (£55 a week) of their gross salary for childcare vouchers. The exchanged proportion of the salary is exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions, allowing employees to make savings of up to £933* per parent, per year on their childcare costs.
  •   Childcare vouchers that can be used to pay for all types of registered childcare
    Save money on all types of registered childcare for children up to 16 years old, so as well as for OOSC you can also use them for day nurseries, nannies, au pairs, crèches, childminders, holiday schemes and activity clubs
  • A tax initiative
    Launched in 1998, childcare vouchers are a scheme run by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

†For parents joining a scheme from 6 April 2011, the Government has capped the amount of childcare vouchers a tax-payer can request each month to £243 for a Basic rate tax-payer, £124 for a Higher rate tax-payer and £97 for an Additional rate tax-payer.

*Figures quoted are the maximum available savings for a Basic rate tax-payer. Higher and Additional rate tax-payers may save around £600 a year. The savings you make will depend on your circumstances. 

**How do I pay fees using childcare vouchers?
Speak to your employer and find out which voucher provider they subscribe to and register with the provider yourself. Let them know our details - you may need to supply them with a reference number. Then request our regular monthly fee to be paid directly to us at the same time your wages are paid. If you are not paid at the beginning of the month, please make sure the voucher payment is made in advance. Your fees are then tax-free. The main voucher providers are listed below - if the company you use is not on this list please contact Cath at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EDENRED - REF. P20516014 ST HELENS (Use this for all clubs)   

COMPUTERSHARE REF. ST HELENS 0014312144 

CARE4 -  REF. ST HELENS : 66198136

SODEXO - REF: 812620 - ST HELENS - BS32 4LQ 

KIDDIVOUCHERS  - REF: OOSC EY481144 or St Helens AS and Holiday Club EY406528

FAIRCARE - REF: BS32 4LQ for ST MARYS or ST HELEN'S OOSC

GOVERNMENT TAX-FREE VOUCHERS are linked to individual club postcodes (found on club page).

What if my employer does not subscribe to a childcare voucher scheme?

Encourage them to subscribe to a voucher provider scheme!  It is a National Insurance exempt scheme making savings of up to £402** for employers
Childcare vouchers are National Insurance exempt for employers. Employers can save up to £402** per employee, per year via reduced National Insurance contributions.

**Annual Employer NI savings for a Basic rate tax-payer taking the full £243 voucher value. The maximum savings available will be less for Higher and Additional rate tax-payers.

 

Ofsted Outstanding for St Helen's After School and Holiday Club and St Marys Bradley Stoke!

We are pleased to announce another OOSC Outstanding grade awarded when an inspector visited St Helen's After School and Holiday club on Thursday 30th August 2018 

Latest Availability.. updated MARCH 2019

To guarantee availability for places, you will need to book a regular place at the club. Contact the team at admin@oosc.co.uk 

If your booking is Ad Hoc (booked online) you will need to book in plenty of time to guarantee a place on our busy days. Booking is only guaranteed with payment in advance.

How Can I Save Money On My Fees?

Many parents aren't aware of how they can save money on childcare costs. As well as paying by company childcare vouchers or government tax-free vouchers, there are several ways you can save money on fees: 

 

 

Level of Support

Recipient Group

Date Available

For Further Information

 Two-Year-Old Funding

Up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

Families receiving relevant benefits (see further information), if child is "looked after", has an Educational Health & Care Plan or is receiving Disability Living Allowance.

Present

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Three & Four-Year-Old Funding

Up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

All families.

Present

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Extended Entitlement (30 hours)

An additional 570 hours in addition to the 3 & 4-year-old entitlement.

Available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.

September 2017

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Childcare Element of

Working Tax Credit

70% of childcare costs up to a maximum of £175 per week for 1 child or £300 per week for 2 or more children. Families receiving housing or council tax benefit get extra help, amounting to about 96% of costs in England.

Nearly 400,000 low income working families.

Present

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Universal Credit

85% of childcare costs, with same maximum levels as Working Tax Credit, although no extra help for those receiving housing benefit.

Low income working parents

Present

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Childcare Vouchers

Worth up to £55 per week for basic rate tax-payers.

Working parents, but not self-employed and usually excludes those receiving tax credits.

Presently available, but will not accept new applicants after April 2018.

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Tax Free Childcare

20% of childcare costs up to a maximum of £2,000 per year. Families of children with SEND receive help up to a maximum of £4,000 per year.

Working parents not in receipt of tax credits/Universal Credit whose gross household income is higher than a specified minimum threshold but less than £100,000 per parent.

From early 2017

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Care to Learn

£175 in London and £160 per week outside

Parents under 20 at school or in further education

Presently available

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Discretionary Learner Support

Discretionary

Parents over 20 in further education

Presently available

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Childcare Grant

£155.24 a week for 1 child. Up to £266.15 a week for 2 or more children

Parents in full-time higher education who are eligible for student finance

Presently available

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Childcare Vouchers

The new government tax-free childcare scheme has replaced the Childcare Vouchers used by parents. This is for new registrants only and parents who are already in a voucher scheme can continue to use their existing scheme to pay OOSC.

Holiday Club

The holiday club is very popular so dont forget to Book early for May 2019 club to secure your places! 

Here's some photos from Easter 2019....