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Childcare vouchers

Save money on your childcare costs

Our Childcare Voucher Scheme

Due to government changes our Childcare Vouchers Scheme had to close to new joiners or those who had exceeded a 12 month break from the 4th October 2018.

New parents now have the choice of using:

The government’s Tax Free Childcare Scheme

The University’s Workplace Nursery Scheme

Advice during Coronavirus (at 27 March 2020)

If you do not have childcare needs at the moment, you can pause your salary sacrifice for the time being and do not have to contribute a minimum payment.

The cut off dates for the next payroll is the 3rd April, so you can log into your online account and reduce your order down to £0 for now.

If you have any trouble, please contact the KiddiVouchers customer services team on 0800 612 9015 or email Please do not contact HR Services.

We also suggest that you check that you do not have any automatic payment instructions in place, which will automatically send vouchers to your childcare provider if you have a balance in your account.

If you choose to pause your voucher order for the time being, you will be able to rejoin the scheme as long as it is within a 12 month period. For example, if you cancel April vouchers and wish to rejoin the scheme in the future, you will need to do so by March 2021.

Any surplus balance in your account will remain there for future childcare needs (up until your youngest child turns 15).

Our scheme

How can I save money by using the KiddiVoucher's scheme?

Your savings will depend on the amount of childcare vouchers you order and the amount of tax and National Insurance you normally pay.  Childcare voucher legislation changed in April 2011, so your savings will also depend on whether you joined the University’s childcare voucher scheme before or after this date. 

What can childcare vouchers be used for?

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for many kinds of childcare, including: nurseries, playgroups and pre-school; registered childminders; after-school clubs and breakfast clubs; holiday play schemes and nannies and au-pairs.

What are the scheme rules?

Please visit the KiddiVoucher's link for the full scheme rules (as at 5 April 2015). 

How to sign up

Register online at or by phoning 0800 612 9015.  This should take you no more than 10 minutes.  To register you'll need:

  1. To quote our scheme number: S439777W
  2. Provide your National Insurance number
  3. Provide your payroll reference number (this can be found next to your name on your payslip)
  4. Your childcare provider's contact details

Making changes (Coronavirus)

If you need to reduce the amount you pay to your nursery or defer payments, please use your KiddiVouchers online account to make the necessary changes. Do not contact HR Services. 

If you have any issues please telephone KiddiVouchers via Wider Plan on: 0800 612 9015. You may need to quote our scheme number: S439777W

More information

Independent advice on childcare costs is available via:

If you need further information not listed above, please contact HR Services at:

Contact information

If you need further information not listed above, please contact HR Services at: