All part of the introduction of the UK-wide Tax-Free Childcare scheme is the free childcare scheme. The UK government has made available form FCC1, which is an application for parents if their child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2013 in preparation for the September 2017 term.
It is only when you get to the contents of the form that you are advised that this is 30 hours’ free childcare for 38 weeks in England only. While Tax-Free Childcare is UK-wide, childcare is a devolved responsibility and things are different depending on which part of the UK you are in:
In fact, the only ones that are new are the schemes in England and Wales.
This all a bit like the Apprenticeship Levy, where there is a UK-wide levy that is used differently in each of the nations.