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Parenting and the Service

Armed Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme

Childcare vouchers are a government initiative designed to help working parents pay for childcare. You can convert part of your salary into vouchers – up to £243 per month – saving the tax and National Insurance you would normally pay on that amount.

The vouchers are part of your pay so you will receive your childcare vouchers in line with your monthly pay. You can choose to receive paper vouchers at your correspondence address, or e-vouchers, which are by far the most popular choice and allow you to go online and make direct payments into your carer’s bank account. The scheme for the Armed Forces is run by Sodexo and their website is below:
Armed Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme Website

Sure Start Maternity Grant

The Sure Start Maternity grant can still be claimed by Service families overseas. However, the qualifying benefit/credit will now be under Working Tax Credit, and not Working Families Tax Credit. The maximum grant remains £500.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Expectingorbringingupchildren/DG_10018854