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







75% or more



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





75% or more


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).

How to apply?

You need to complete four steps to get Childcare Grant

Step 1 – Complete the main part-time application

The quickest and simplest way to apply is online.

  1. If you don’t already have a Student Finance account, you’ll need to create an account
  2. Login to your Student Finance account and submit your application
  3. Provide us with any necessary evidence
  4. Sign and return the Online Declaration Form

Although we recommend applying online, we still have a paper application available if you need one. Visit our Useful forms page to download forms and guidance notes.

Step 2 – Complete the Part-time Grants for Dependants form

Section 3 of this form must be completed by your university or college when you start your course.

You only need to complete this form once to be assessed for Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance and Adult Dependant’s Grant.

Step 3 – Complete the Part-time Childcare Grant form

Remember, it’s important to sign and date these forms and return them with all the required evidence so we can assess your application as quickly as possible.

Step 4 – Confirm your actual childcare costs

At the end of each term, we’ll send you a form to confirm your actual childcare costs. This will help us make sure you’ve been paid the correct amount of Childcare Grant.

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. If you overestimate your childcare costs on the form any overpayment made to you will be deducted from your future payments.

If you leave your course, you’ll need to repay any grant overpayment. We will contact you to arrange repayment.

Evidence of your child dependants

We’ll need to have one piece of evidence 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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