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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Help with childcare costs while you’re learning

If you’re aged 20 or over and want to do a course, you could get help with your childcare costs from your college's Discretionary Support Fund.

The Sixth Form College Childcare Scheme

The Sixth Form College Childcare Scheme closed on 31 August 2010. No new applications for the scheme are being accepted.

The Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work scheme

The Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work scheme closed on 31 August 2010. No new applications for the scheme are being accepted.

Help with childcare costs from your college

You may be able to get financial support once you’ve been accepted onto your course through your college’s Discretionary Support Fund.

Choosing childcare

Letting someone else look after your child can be a big step.

Discretionary Support Funds help by letting you choose the type of childcare that suits you and your child.

You can use the money to pay for childcare at a:

  • childminder
  • pre-school playgroup
  • day nursery
  • out of school club
  • other registered provider (such as your college nursery or crèche)

The only condition is that the childcare provider must be registered with Ofsted. Registered childcare providers must meet national standards, and are inspected regularly to make sure they are providing good quality care.

Looking for course ideas?

Getting your childcare arrangements sorted out means you can focus on your course - and there’s a huge range to choose from.

Finding a course that will build up your skills and qualifications can open up new career opportunities - potentially benefiting both you and your family.

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