Financial Assistance

Most parents will be eligible for some type of funding - please apply for this early.

Early Years Funding - We accept this Government funding which is available for all children beginning the term after their 3rd birthday. This funding is available for a maximum of 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year during school term times only and can be used as part payment.  N.B. The full 15 hours can be claimed over a minimum of two days. We will claim this entitlement for you.

2gether Funding - 2gether Funding entitles up to 15 hours of free childcare and early learning each week. Your child is eligible if your family is receiving certain benefits, has a household income under £16,190, or if your child has a disability, special educational need, is adopted, or placed under a residency order. Free childcare places start the term after your child’s second birthday.

Salary Sacrifice Childcare Vouchers - This is a type of salary sacrifice scheme and is operated by your employer. At the time of writing the child care voucher scheme enables both parents to take some of their salary in e-vouchers which can then be paid directly towards your childcare bill. Apply through your company personnel department. This system operates by taking the childcare fee from the parent’s gross salary, before tax and national insurance contributions, generating a considerable saving for all tax payers.

Child Tax Credit - If you are responsible for a child who lives with you, you may be eligible to receive payments called Child Tax Credits. Telephone the Helpline on 0845 300 3900, or visit any Inland Revenue Enquiry Centre for further information.

Student Funding - Because the funding listed below in A and B originates from Central Government, eligibility to apply for help is restricted to home fee status students from the UK, studying on a full-time undergraduate or some full or part-time postgraduate courses.

  1. Childcare Grant – Full-time undergraduates on low incomes may be eligible for help with their fees. For more information and to apply online go to or call 0300 100 0607. (Student Finance Wales: 0300 200 4050:  Student Finance Northern Ireland 0300 100 0077).
  2. Student Advice - If you need information on support as a student parent, including settling in to student life and funding, contact the Students’ Guild Advice Unit on 01392 723520 or email  As well as general advice we also have the Student Parent Support Group. See our web pages at for more information.