Due to the increased pressure on primary schools to provide before and after school care, we have noticed an influx in a number of schools using online booking software for education

BookingLive’s system allows you to process childcare vouchers. We’ll give you a quick overview of childcare vouchers and will show you how to set them up within your BookingLive system.


What is a childcare booking system?

A childcare booking system allows childcare providers to take bookings online 24/7, manage these bookings and streamline their operations. Parents and carers can use the system to browse available time slots and packages, schedule them, and pay in five simple steps. 

A childcare booking system automates processes and integrates with other business tools, including accounting software, email marketing software and social media profiles. This helps businesses become more efficient and organised as everything is in one place.

Benefits of booking systems include a reduction in admin tasks for business owners, saving them time. Staff will also find that they aren’t interrupted by as many phone call enquiries, and sales may increase as people can book at their convenience.


What are childcare vouchers?

Childcarevouchers.co.uk explain that "most employers who provide childcare vouchers do so through a salary sacrifice scheme. This means you agree to reduce your salary by a certain value, and receive childcare vouchers to the same value but pay no tax or National Insurance on these vouchers". 

A significant number of parents now receive childcare vouchers, so it makes sense that schools put a system in place to process these as a form of payment - a system like BookingLive. This feature of BookingLive means that staff don’t have to manually process childcare vouchers, saving them time. 


How to process childcare vouchers

To process childcare vouchers in your Enterprise booking system, you will need to follow these steps:

    1. Log in to your admin system

    2. Go to Settings > Add-ons

    3. Click on the Childcare Vouchers tab

    4. Click the 'Enable Childcare Vouchers' checkbox

    5. Enter a Childcare Vouchers message if you wish (this will display to customers - i.e. parents and carers - within the basket page of the booking journey).

    6. Click Add Voucher Provider

    7. Set the status as 'Active' and the type as 'Childcare'

    8. Enter a name, email address and telephone number if required

    9. Once you have completed the desired fields, click save

    10. The Childcare voucher will now be visible within the booking journey.

For further assistance setting up childcare vouchers within your booking system, please raise this in our customer forum or via the online helpdesk. If you’d like to find out more about using BookingLive to process childcare vouchers, contact us

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