Where can you use Edenred Childcare Vouchers?

Edenred Childcare Vouchers are not just for babies - they can be used to pay for the care of children up to the age of 15, or 16 if they are registered disabled. You can also use your Childcare Vouchers to pay for the care of more than one child as long as you have parental responsibility.

Important note: unfortunately, the Government closed the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants on 4th October 2018. This means that, if you’re a parent looking to join Childcare Vouchers for the first time, that option is no longer available to you. The information here is for existing Childcare Voucher scheme members only.

A wide range of options

If you are currently on the scheme, Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for a wide range of childcare including:

  • Home-based care such as childminders, nannies and au pairs
  • Pre-school care such as nursery schools, play schools and crèches
  • Care for older children such as out of school clubs (breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs) and holiday clubs

Your Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay more than one childcare provider if you wish. The only condition is that they will need to be registered with or approved by an appropriate body (such as Ofsted) and be affiliated to the Edenred network.

The current registration and approval bodies include:

  • Ofsted Childcare Register – Compulsory (England)
  • Ofsted Childcare Register – Voluntary (England)
  • Local Health and Social Services Trusts (Northern Ireland)
  • The Care Commission (Scotland)
  • Childcare Approval Scheme (Wales)
  • The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

Simple for you and your childcare provider

It is likely that your chosen childcare provider has been paid previously with Edenred Childcare Vouchers and is therefore already affiliated to the network. Simply ask them for their Edenred Account Number, which will begin with a ‘P’ and which you will need in order to request electronic payments.

Childcare provider affiliation

If your childcare provider has not been paid with Edenred Childcare Vouchers before, they can complete an application form online.  

You have the freedom to change your childcare arrangements whilst you are in the scheme as long your chosen childcare provider is registered or approved, and also affiliated with Edenred (i.e. they already have an Edenred Account Number). Any new or additional childcare providers you choose to use who are not already affiliated with Edenred simply need to complete an application form.

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