You may be eligible for help with the cost of childcare while you are studying - visit our funding guide for further details.

The childcare fund is available to both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) (HNC and above) levels to assist students on a low income with their childcare costs when using registered childcare providers. This money is paid directly to the childcare provider, but a weekly timesheet must be completed both by the provider and the student, and this then submitted to us for payment.

Childcare funds are discretionary and limited - this means that even though you may be eligible to apply, funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and may run out. Payments may also be withheld if attendance or behaviour is not satisfactory.