From October 2018 the Government introduced a new tax-free childcare scheme whereby working parents can get 20% of the cost of thier annual childcare costs, up to £2,000 per child per year to pay for childcare for children under 12 years old. The Government will add 20p for every 80p that the parent puts in up to a limit of £10,000 per year.
As a result of the new scheme the employer supported Childcare Voucher Scheme will remain open to employees who were already in the scheme prior to October 2018 but will close for new applicants. Your individual circumstances will determine which scheme is better for you.
Further information an application for the Government Tax Free Childcare Scheme and Free Funded Hours can be found at http://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk