Childcare Funding

Assistance with Childcare Funding for Studying/Training Parents

If you are looking to study or train there are also some funding options open to you as a parent:

Care to Learn

This scheme can help to pay for childcare costs for young parents (aged under 20 years) who are studying to further their career. The national Care to Learn free-phone helpline is: 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview for more information.

Grants, Loans and Allowances

If you are planning on studying, you may be eligible to apply for a childcare grant, parent learners allowance or a student/career loan or grant. Contact the Student Finance Helpline on 0300 100 0607 or visit www.gov.uk/childcare-grant/overview for more information.

Learner Support Funds, Childcare Support Funds, Access Support Funds

If you are studying at a college, you should enquire if the college has an onsite crèche, a learner support fund or childcare/access support fund. You may be offered support with the cost of childcare or a subsidised place in the onsite crèche if available.

Contact your local college for further details:

  • Sutton College – 020 8770 5566
  • Carshalton College – 020 8544 4444
  • South Thames College (Merton Campus) – 020 8918 7486
  • Nescot College – 020 8394 1731
  • Croydon College – 020 8686 5700

Free 15 Hours for 2, 3 and 4 Year Olds

All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds (subject to eligibility) are entitled to 15 hours a week of free childcare over a minimum of 38 weeks. This amounts to 570 hours a year and is commonly known as ‘the free entitlement’.

The funding is available from the term after your child turns three or two for those that are eligible.

For more information on this funding please visit the Free Childcare pages.

Free 30 Hours for 3 and 4 Year Olds

From September 2017 the government will increase the free entitlement to 30 hours per week for eligible working families. The new entitlement is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or work additional hours.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage and less than £100,000 per year.

The funding is available from the term after your child turns three for those that are eligible.

For more information on this funding please visit the Free Childcare pages.

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