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Update from HMRC on issues with childcare provider checker

Following our report earlier this week about a breach of privacy spotted on the HMRC's Childcare Provider Checker service, we have been in touch with HMRC for an update.

The HMRC spokesperson has this afternoon said: 

“We are currently reviewing the childcare provider checker to ensure it reflects the needs of parents and providers. While we are doing this work, the checker will be unavailable.

"Parents who have a childcare account can check whether their childcare provider is signed up to Tax-Free Childcare from within their account, otherwise, your provider will be able to tell you whether they’ve signed up.

“Parents and providers can get information and support by phoning the childcare service helpline 0300 123 4097."

Please remember that, once the site is back online, you can request an update to the details that are shared via the Childcare Provider service. Also read our top tips on maintaining online security.