Government’s new childcare system faces teething problems

The new website that parents need to use to register for two key childcare schemes has been riddled with problems, leaving thousands of parents out of pocket.

The government’s “Childcare Choices” website, launched in April, allows parents to apply for assistance with childcare costs (it’s mainly for parents in England, with similar schemes available elsewhere in the UK). The site allows you to apply for between 15 and 30 hours of free childcare, among other benefits, and you can also sign up for the government’s tax-free childcare top-up system (see below for more [...]