When Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) first launched it was only offered to parents of children who were under 4 years of age on 31 August 2017.
From 24 November 2017, parents whose youngest child is under 6 (or who has their 6th birthday on that day) can also apply for TFC through the government's Childcare Choices website.
Over the coming months TFC will open to parents of older children (up to 12 years old only) and government has also promised to make further improvements to the online application system, which has seen some issues.
This means almost all parents should receive a response within five working days, and most get their decision instantly.
If you’re not sure whether you’d be better off with TFC or childcare vouchers, take our interactive Decision Tree and find out.