Childcare voucher scheme: Plan 'will include parents who are carers'
6 August 2013 Last updated at 00:14 BST
The government wants to expand a new childcare tax credit scheme to include parents who stay at home because they are carers.
A 12-week consultation on the system - which was first announced in the March Budget - has begun.
Families with two working parents on less than £150,000 each would be able to claim up to £1,200 a year per child.
However, there has been an angry reaction from organisations representing stay at home mothers, some of whom feel "penalised" for not working.
Emma Simpson reports.