You already have a student finance package (or you qualify for one).
You are a permanent resident in England.
Children named in your Childcare Grant application are financially dependent on you.
Your childcare provider registers on the Ofsted Early Years Register or General Childcare Register. You can check with your child care provider.
If your child gets cared for at home the carer cannot be a relative. The carer must also be fully registered with an appropriate body. You can contact Student Finance England to check.
You are not eligible for the Childcare Grant if:
You are a part-time student or do not qualify for a student finance package.
If you receive a Postgraduate Loan.
You or your partner are claiming the childcare element of Working Tax Credits or the childcare element of Universal Credit.
The course started before the 1st of August 2017 and you or your partner receive help with childcare costs from the National Health Service.
It gets used to cover free childcare. That includes the free child care that all 3 and 4-year-olds are usually entitled to (15 hours a week).
Your child gets cared for by a relative or your partner mainly in the child's home. This rule applies even if your relative or partner is a registered childminder.
Note: What gets classed as a relative of the child? It means a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister related by blood or marriage. It can also be a person with a strong relationship to the child (such as someone acting as a parent to their partner's children).
The types of childcare services that qualify for the grant include:
An out-of-hours club run by a school or by an Education Authority registered by a Health and Social Services Trust.
A childminder, nursery or play scheme registered through a Health and Social Services Trust.
A carer in the child's own home who gets approved under the Home Child Care Providers scheme.
How to Apply for Childcare Grant
Follow these 5 steps to apply for Childcare Grant for students with dependent children.
Send an estimate of your childcare costs to Student Finance England. You should use the Childcare Grant CCG1 Application Form.
Remember to send proof of the child or children's identity. You must also send proof of their financial dependence on you. That could be their original birth certificate, tax credits details, or Child Benefit.
You will receive a letter informing you how much Childcare Grant you can get entitlement to.
You and your childcare provider must confirm your childcare costs during each academic term. You should use the Childcare Grant CCG2 Form for this step.
Your next payment may get adjusted. That happens if the actual childcare costs are higher or lower than your estimated costs.