More than 91,000 families in the UK took advantage of tax-free childcare in December 2018, the latest government statistics have revealed.

Tax-free childcare provides help with childcare costs for working parents who earn more than £120 a week and less than £100,000 a year.

For every £8 a parent pays into their tax-free childcare account, the Government adds an extra £2 - up to a maximum of £2,000 per child a year or a maximum of £4,000 a year for disabled children.

To be eligible for the scheme, which began its phased rollout in April 2017, children must be aged 12 and under or under 16 for children with a disability.

In the months following completion of the phased rollout in February 2018, the number of children registered with the scheme rose to 109,000.

Parents can open an online account for savings which can be used to cover childcare costs including nurseries, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs.

Nadhim Zahawi, children and families minister, said:

"We want every child to get the best start in life.

"We are supporting as many families as possible with access to high-quality, affordable childcare helping to put more money in their pockets and balancing work and family lives."

Talk to us about tax-free childcare.

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