Free childcare for training and learning for work scheme
If you are 20 or over and have one or more children, the free childcare for training and learning for work scheme could help with the cost of childcare while you learn or train.
Help with childcare costs if you're out of work and want to train
The childcare for training and learning for work scheme is aimed at out-of-work parents with a partner who's in work. If you're looking to do a course that's classed as developing new skills that could lead to a job, it could provide up to £175 per child per week to help with childcare costs.
What you can learn or train for
From short refresher courses in English and maths to formal qualifications in a whole range of subjects, there's something on offer for everyone.
And because there are plenty of flexible courses available, you can study at your own pace and for however long you choose, building on the skills you already have and developing new ones along the way.
Do you qualify?
You could be eligible for the free childcare for training and learning for work scheme if you're 20 or over, not working and you:
- Have one or more children aged 14 or under (18 or under if the child is disabled)
- Have a partner who is working
- Have a household income of £20,000 or less per year
You also need to use a childcare provider that's registered with Ofsted.
How much you could get
Free childcare for training and learning for work could help pay for childcare, leaving you to concentrate on your learning or training. If you qualify, you could get up to £175 per child per week - or £215 per child per week in London.
How to apply
To apply for free childcare for training and learning for work , or to find out more about the scheme, you can:
- Get in touch with nextstep - they will help you find out if you qualify, and guide you through the application process
- call the Learner Support helpline on 0800 121 8989, and select option four.