Childcare Grant


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

Childcare Grant (CCG) helps with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare.

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 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

Examples:

Example 1 - Weekly childcare cost per week for 1 child - £90.00

85% of actual childcare costs is £76.50

Entitlement based on course intensityAmount
50%-59% £38.25
60%-74% £45.90
75% or more £57.38

Example 2 - Weekly childcare costs per week for 2 children - £220

85% of actual childcare costs is £187.00

Entitlement based on course intensityAmount
50%-59% £93.50
60%-74% £112.20
75% or more £140.25

When you apply, if you’re unable to provide details of your childcare provider, your Childcare Grant will be capped at the following level:

Course intensityChildcare Grant cap
50%-59% £57.50
60%-74% £69
75% or more £86.25

We’ll reassess your entitlement to Childcare Grant once you give us your childcare provider’s details.

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 are responsible for paying your chosen registered childcare provider(s).

Anything else you should know?

You must be studying at a course intensity of at least 50% to qualify for CCG.

We’ll ask you and your childcare provider to confirm your actual costs three times during the year.

CCG doesn’t need to be paid back unless you leave your course or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment

Find out How and when to apply

Evidence of your child dependants

If you apply for CCG or PLA you'll need to send in the following evidence:

Evidence of your child dependants

Send in a photocopy of one of the following:

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

Proof your children are dependent on you

Send in a photocopy of one of the following:

  • 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 Parents’ Learning Allowance





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