Employees who decide to participate sign a written agreement amending their employment contract to reduce their salary by the equivalent cost of their nursery fees. The fees are paid by the University direct to the nursery provider. Fees are deducted retrospectively, i.e. nursery fees are deducted from your salary at the end of the month.
Other conditions of the scheme:
- This scheme is exclusive to employees of the University of Oxford and some college employees (and not employees of other organisations working within University departments).
- All employees using university nurseries are eligible, provided that their salary is greater than the cost of their nursery fees. Please note that when using the salary sacrifice scheme, the amount deducted must not take your pay below minimum wage level (as this is an HMRC requirement).
- The University has received HMRC approval for the scheme. The scheme will be reviewed and, if appropriate, amended or withdrawn if HMRC rules change.
- If you choose to withdraw from the scheme for any other reason than a 'Life Change Event' (see below) you will not be permitted to rejoin at a later date.