What are childcare vouchers?
The childcare voucher scheme allows employees to exchange up to £243 per month, directly from their gross salary, before tax and national insurance are deducted to pay for childcare costs. This means that employees can save money on the cost of childcare through tax and National Insurance savings.
The University of Bath childcare scheme is run in partnership with Fideliti. Please visit the Fideliti website for more information, including information on potential savings that can me made.
Using childcare vouchers
You can use childcare vouchers in Ofsted registered childcare providers for children from 0 to 16 years old. This includes nurseries, child-minders, school breakfast and after-school clubs as well as holiday clubs.
If you are already part of the Fideliti childcare voucher scheme, you are able to take a portion of your salary as childcare vouchers. These vouchers are not subject to tax and national insurance deductions.
Such schemes are called a salary sacrifice scheme. When you sign up to join the scheme you are agreeing to a change in your terms and conditions of employment.
National changes to childcare voucher schemes
The Childcare Voucher Scheme has now closed to new joiners.
Parents who are currently registered on existing employer supported childcare voucher schemes - like Fideliti - will be able to remain in these schemes for as long as their employer continues to offer the scheme.
After the 4 October 2018 you will be permitted to re-join the Fideliti Childcare Voucher Scheme if you have remained with the same employer and have had a salary deduction taken/voucher issued within the last 52 weeks. After this period you will be classed as a new joiner and will be unable to re-join the scheme.
More information is available on the Fideliti website.
If you would like to speak to someone from Fideliti, you can call the Fideliti helpline on: 0800 288 8727. Please quote our Employer Scheme Reference UNI9778.
The Government website will provide you with information about other types of childcare support that is available to parents.