Care to Learn is a scheme aimed at helping parents under the age of 20 meet childcare and travel costs while they are studying. Are you eligible for Care to Learn benefits?
According to Directgov, in order to qualify for Care to Learn childcare and travel costs, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. Students must be under the age of 20 on the day their course begins. Provided you begin your course before you turn 20, you will continue to receive Care to Learn benefits to help cover the cost of childcare and travel expenses until you have completed your course. If you are over the age of 20, click here for help and advice on childcare that you might be entitled to.
Do You Care for Your Own Children?
If you are caring for your own child or children, you can claim Care to Learn as the mother or father provided the other parent cannot provide childcare or the other parent is not claiming the childcare element of Working Tax Credit. Care to Learn is not just limited to one child. If you have more than one child, you can receive help for each of your children.
Students making a new claim for Care to Learn must be currently living in England and be a British citizen or a national of another country within the European Economic Area (EEA) to qualify. If you do not meet the residency and citizenship requirements, you may still be entitled to apply for Care to Learn. Call the Learner Support Service on 0800 121 8989 to see if you might still be able to qualify.
Course Must Be Eligible
In order to qualify for childcare and travel expenses through Care to Learn, your must be deemed eligible. First, your course must be available in England and it must also have some public funding. Eligible courses include courses offered in schools, sixth forms, sixth form colleges, some types of apprenticeships and courses available within your local community, such as at Children’s Centres. Higher education courses at university are not covered by Care to Learn.
Care to Learn pays for childcare that is registered with Ofsted. That means the childcare must meet stringent safety and quality standards to be approved. Some of the options available include registered childminders, day nursery, or pre-school playgroups. A relative can care for your child as long as they are not living with your child and they are registered with Ofsted.
Provided you can answer “yes” to all of the five requirements, you can qualify for Care to Learn, which will help meet the costs of childcare expenses so that you can continue your education.
Care to learn: are you eligible?