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ChipsCheeseAndBeans Sun 24-May-20 20:11:08

Not an aibu but posting for traffic.

I currently have £4000 of childcare vouchers saved up. I use them for after school and holiday clubs. Claimed more than I needed for over a year as I was planning to change jobs and knew I could not rejoin the scheme if I did. Planning to stay where I am now but have reduced the amount of vouchers I claim.

Now I have approx a years worth of vouchers and unsure if I will be sending my child to after school or holiday clubs or even if they will be operational in this current climate.

I know I cannot claim a refund, but could I use these vouchers to pay for childcare for my niece or nephew? Or do I hold on to them in case I do use them again.

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Kolo Sun 24-May-20 20:12:23

Pretty sure you can get them refunded, but you'll have to pay the tax on them.

trilbydoll Sun 24-May-20 20:15:00

How old are your kids? Anywhere Ofsted registered will accept them so as well as after school, holiday clubs also places like Gymnastic clubs, Stagecoach etc. If your dc are young I'd hold onto them, I'm sure you'll find a use for them.

ChipsCheeseAndBeans Sun 24-May-20 20:16:52

D.C. is 7.

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HotWatBot Sun 24-May-20 20:19:00

I'm in a similar position - apparently refunds can be organised between employers and childcare voucher providers, so I'm going to try to find out about this.

AllTheUserNamesAreTaken Sun 24-May-20 20:19:06

Don’t they have an expiry date on them? I’m not sure but might be worth checking as you don’t want to lose them
I thought you can only use them for your own children/those of your own household

teaandajammydodger Sun 24-May-20 20:20:26

You can only use them for your own children. You can get a refund back through your employer.

IgnoranceIsStrength Sun 24-May-20 20:22:13

No where near as much but equally have built up a far amount as youngest not been at nursery for a long time and oldest not been using wraparound care. I cant see me being able to use them for quite a while as well.

jgjgjgjgjg Sun 24-May-20 20:28:39

You can get a refund. Why haven't you investigated the possibility?

WrongKindOfFace Sun 24-May-20 20:32:16

You can’t always get a refund. It’s certainly worth asking though.

ChipsCheeseAndBeans Sun 24-May-20 20:34:46

I am looking at our company policy and it says no refund for unused vouchers.

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WoollyMammouth Sun 24-May-20 20:35:16

At some point you’ll use them so I would just keep them. We’ve reduced ours and will just use them when we start paying for childcare again.

HotWatBot Sun 24-May-20 20:41:27

But there must be a lot of people who are unlikely to use them - so parents of Year 6 children whose summer childcare had fallen through.

CountFosco Sun 24-May-20 20:52:02

You can use them any time up to their 18th birthday. We're almost at the end of using them regularly (youngest is 7, and don't think we'll return to childcare after lockdown, we'll just WFH on the one day a week we currently need childcare) but a local holiday club takes them.

Looneytune253 Sun 24-May-20 20:53:53

Can you not pay your chosen childcare provider for the future

ChipsCheeseAndBeans Sun 24-May-20 22:59:05

It likely that DH and I will be working from home going forward, so unlikely to use the vouchers again. We have proven to employers that we can make it work looking after our child and still getting work done during lockdown, so will not need out of school / holiday club care going forward.

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Africa2go Sun 24-May-20 23:04:22

Ask your voucher provider & employer. We get our vouchers through H's employer. We've contacted the voucher provider, can get a refund but obviously have to pay tax on money that will come back from employer.

exerciseinmypyjamas Sun 24-May-20 23:05:32

PGL accept them if that's your child's cup of tea.

NumbsMet Sun 24-May-20 23:18:02

I'm surprised that both of your employers have granted you the option to work from home permanently instead of returning after lockdown. That's not a criticism though, if anything I'm very happy to hear that there are still some flexible and understanding employers out there grin. Have they extended this offer to everybody else working at the company?

Regardless, unless you already are certain 100%, I would definitely agree with PP that you should make triple sure they don't have an expiry date. I'm sorry I don't have any clue if you can use them for anyone else than your own children.

Africa2go Sun 24-May-20 23:22:23

@Numbsmet I think alot of employers will be more accepting of WFH after this, in particular where they pay rent for office space. Lots of friends / family, including my H have been told WFH will be continuing beyond lockdown, in some form or other.

NumbsMet Sun 24-May-20 23:25:19

@Africa2go wow really? As in for the rest of the duration of their employment they can work from home? I'm finding that so interesting, I wonder if that's where a lot of companies are heading in the future?

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 29-Jun-20 10:08:26

DH and I have a similar issue. I’m definitely going to book PGL with some of them. At the moment you can book a week in summer hols for free and then it will be confirmed 3 weeks before and you pay with vouchers then. Look at special offer section.

Angelnix Mon 29-Jun-20 15:55:43

We had a bank of childcare vouchers which we are not going to use, my husbands employer is refunding them as extenuating circumstances. We would've used them for summer holiday clubs, but very few are running and as he will be working from home for the forseeable future, she's not a priority. She's also now 11 and we are unlikely use them in the future, so a full refund is being processed

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