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Childcare Grant

You may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you:

  • are a full-time higher education student
  • have children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs

The grant:

  • doesn’t have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance

You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.



2017 to 2018

Full-time higher education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant of:

  • up to £159.59 a week for 1 child
  • up to £273.60 a week for 2 or more children
  • If you don’t give details about your childcare provider on your application form, your first payment will be a maximum of £123.38 a week or 85% of your estimate (whichever is less).

The grant helps with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs.

You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.

Any money you get is paid on top of your student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.

What you'll get

You can get up to 85% of your childcare costs.

The maximum you can get is:

  • up to £155.24 a week for 1 child
  • up to £266.15 a week for 2 or more children

What it’s based on

The amount you’ll get depends on:

  • your household income
  • the cost of your childcare
  • the number of children who are dependent on you

If you don’t give details about your childcare provider on your application form, your first payment will be a maximum of £120.02 a week or 85% of your estimate (whichever is less).

Any money you get is paid on top of your student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.

How you’re paid

You’ll receive the money in 3 instalments over the academic year. The payments will usually be made at the start of each term, directly into your bank account.

Income-related, unemployment and housing benefits are not affected by a Childcare Grant.

Eligibility

To qualify for a Childcare Grant the following must apply:

  • you’re a full-time student
  • your child must be under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs
  • you have a student finance package, or are eligible for one
  • you’re a permanent resident in England
  • the children in your grant application are financially dependent on you
  • your childcare provider is on the Ofsted Early Years Register or General Childcare Register - check with your provider
  • if your child is cared for at home, the carer can’t be a relative and must be registered with an appropriate body - check with Student Finance England

Who can’t apply

You can’t get a Childcare Grant:

  • if you’re a part-time student
  • if you don’t qualify for a student finance package
  • if you or your partner are claiming the childcare element of Working Tax Credits or the childcare element of Universal Credit
  • if you or your partner receive help with childcare costs from the National Health Service
  • to cover free childcare - including the free care that all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to (15 hours a week)
  • if your child is cared for by a relative or your partner mainly in the child’s home (even if your relative or partner is a registered childminder)

How to apply

To apply for a Childcare Grant follow these steps:

  1. Send Student Finance England an estimate of your childcare costs using form CCG1.

  2. Send proof of the child’s identity and financial dependence on you eg their original birth certificate, your Child Benefit or tax credits details.

  3. You’ll be sent a letter telling you how much Childcare Grant you’ll get.

  4. During each term, you and your childcare provider must confirm your actual childcare costs using form CCG2.

  5. If the actual childcare costs are higher or lower than your estimated costs, your next payment will be adjusted.

CCG1 form

Estimate your childcare costs on form CCG1 after you’ve completed your main student finance application.

Academic yearCCG1 form
2016 to 2017 CCG1: Childcare Grant Application Form 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 151KB)
2016 to 2017 CCG1: Childcare Grant Application Form 2016 to 2017 (PDF, 167KB)

CCG2 form

You’ll need to confirm your actual childcare costs during each term. Use form CCG2 for the academic year the costs relate to.

Academic yearCCG2 form
2017 to 2018 CCG2: Childcare Costs Confirmation Form 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 702KB)
2016 to 2017 CCG2: Childcare Costs Confirmation Form 2016 to 2017 (PDF, 202KB)
2015 to 2016 CCG2: Childcare Costs Confirmation Form 2015 to 2016 (PDF, 295KB)

Where to send your forms

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

Who to contact

Website
https://www.gov.uk/.../childcare-grant

Where to go

Name
Student Finance England
Address
PO Box 210
Darlington
Postcode
DL1 9HJ

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This page was last updated on: 06/12/2017

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