Childcare Grant


Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive extra help towards the cost of registered or approved childcare.

Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply.

How much can you get?

The maximum Childcare Grant available will be up to 85% of your actual costs, based on your course intensity.

Course intensity is how long it takes you to complete your part-time course compared to an equivalent full-time course. You should check this with your university or college each year.

Course intensityMaximum Childcare Grant if you have one child (per week)Maximum Childcare Grant if you have more than one child (per week)

50%-59%

£80.75

£137.28

60%-74%

£96.90

£164.73

75% or more

£121.13

£205.91

Example

Here’s an example showing weekly amounts (actual payments are made each term):

Number of childrenYour weekly childcare cost85% of your actual costYour course intensityChildcare Grant available:

1

£90

£76.50

50-59%

£38.25

1

£90

£76.50

60-74%

£45.90

1

£90

£76.50

75% or more

£57.38

You won’t qualify for this grant if either you or your partner claims the childcare element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, NHS funded childcare grants or Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC.

How's it paid?

Childcare Grant is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. For this to happen you need to register on your course and your university or college confirm that you’re in attendance.

You need to ensure that you pay your chosen registered childcare provider(s).

If you’re unable to provide details of your childcare provider at this stage, then your Childcare Grant will be capped at the following:

Course intensityChildcare Grant cap

50%-59%

£57.50

60%-74%

£69

75% or more

£86.25

This cap amount will be reassessed after you provide your childcare provider’s details.

How to apply?

Continuing student

To apply for Childcare you need to complete three forms.

If you started your course on or after the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for continuing part-time students 2015/16 (PTLC)(PDF 297kB)
    PTLC application notes (PDF 222kB)
  2. Part Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) (PDF 618kB)
  3. Application for help with childcare costs (PTCCG1) 2015/16 (PDF 507kB)

If you started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Grant application form for continuing part-time students 2015/16 (PTGC)(PDF 708kB)
    PTGC application notes (PDF 6452kB)
  2. Part Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) (PDF 618kB)
  3. Application for help with childcare costs (PTCCG1) 2015/16 (PDF 507kB)

At the end of each term, we’ll ask you to fill in a Confirmation of childcare payments (PTCCG2) form. This will help us make sure you’ve been paid the correct amount of Childcare Grant and not been overpaid. It’s at this stage you’ll need to provide the actual costs of your childcare.

Continuing student with no previous application for finance

To apply for Childcare you need to complete three forms.

If you started your course on or after the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for new part-time students 2015/16 (PTL1)(PDF 394kB)
    PTL1 application notes (PDF 186kB)
  2. Part Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) (PDF 618kB)
  3. Application for help with childcare costs (PTCCG1) 2015/16 (PDF 507kB)

At the end of each term, we’ll ask you to fill in a Confirmation of childcare payments (PTCCG2) form. This will help us make sure you’ve been paid the correct amount of Childcare Grant and not been overpaid. It’s at this stage you’ll need to provide the actual costs of your childcare.

Where to send your application

You should send all forms and supporting documentation to Student Finance Wales.

Avoiding a grant overpayment

To avoid a Childcare Grant overpayment, be as accurate as possible completing the PTCCG1 Form. Although these are estimates for the start of term, if these are overestimated, then any overpayment will be deducted from future payments.

If you’ve left your course, you’ll be expected to repay any grant overpayment. We will contact you to arrange repayment.

Evidence of your child dependants

If you’ve been awarded the Childcare Grant in the last academic year, then as a continuing student you’ll not need to send evidence of your dependant(s) with your application. Evidence will only be required if you have a new dependant you wish to claim for which we are not aware of or you’re a continuing student who is applying for Childcare for the first time.

If you need to return evidence, we’ll need one for each of the following:

    • Evidence of your child dependants
      • original birth certificate for each child
      • original certificate of Naturalisation for each child
      • original Home Office documentation confirming your children's names and dates of birth.

  • Proof your children are dependent on you
    • your most recent Tax Credits or Universal Credit Award Notice naming all your children; or
    • all pages of your most recent Child Benefit letter naming all children.

This same evidence will also be used if you’re claiming the Parents’ Learning Allowance.





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