Childcare vouchers

Most parents employed by the University of Essex can opt to take part of their salary in the form of childcare vouchers. You can choose to take up to £243 per month (20% tax payee) as childcare vouchers. This will save you money because you won't have to pay tax or National Insurance contributions on this amount.

You can then use your childcare vouchers to pay for any childcare, as long as the carers have approved or registered status (registered childminders, nurseries or play schemes should qualify). Childcare vouchers are an alternative to the flexible benefits scheme (.pdf).

How much money will I save?

You could save money because you won't have to pay tax or National Insurance contributions on the money you receive in the form of childcare vouchers. The exact amount you will save depends on your wage and how much you spend on childcare. For an indication of how much you could save, take a look at:

Want to know more?

Our childcare voucher scheme is administered by Reward Compass, an online childcare voucher provider.

Please note that terms and conditions apply. While the scheme is open to all University of Essex staff, some eligibility criteria may apply to some aspects of the scheme according to your contract of employment.

Current members

Contact details

If you've got any queries around the online registration process, please contact the Reward Compass customer care team on 0800 037 0125 from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday (excluding bank and public holidays). Reward Compass is the online portal of staff benefits company You at Work.