Childcare Fund (Student aged 20+)


Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF)

Childcare FundFurther Education students may be eligible for assistance from the College’s Discretionary Learner Support Fund, which is designed to help with the costs of childcare, equipment and travel.

Students who qualify for funding external to the Discretionary Learner Support Fund will be required to claim their costs from the external source before any contribution will be considered. Students who receive either the childcare element of WTC or the flexible entitlement will only receive an LSF contribution to meet the remaining childcare costs.

If you wish to be considered for a contribution towards your college-related childcare costs, you must apply to an Ofsted Registered Childcare provider in the first instance. Students must contact the Welfare Team for information on funding eligibility prior to contacting childcare provider. Places are limited.

The Discretionary Learner Support Fund does not consider contributions towards the cost of deposits, registration fees or any up-front costs in setting up a childcare place, or lunches. Any childcare costs not agreed directly by the Welfare Team in writing will be the responsibility of the student.

The College will fund hours you are timetabled at college, possibly work placement and reasonable travelling times from college to the childcare provider.

Childcare element of the Working Tax Credit (WTC)

A percentage of your childcare costs may be paid by the childcare element of WTC. All WTC claimants must be working at least 16 hours per week. For more information, please contact HM Revenues and Customs on 0845 300 3900.

Nursery Grant Vouchers

All three- and four-year-olds are currently entitled to free part-time early education of up to 15 hours per week for up to two years before reaching compulsory school age. Please ask your childcare provider for more information. Where possible you will be expected to use these hours whilst studying at college.

Care to Learn (Parents aged under the age of 20)

Care to Learn can assist young parents aged under the age of 20 with the costs of registered childcare, travelling expenses to and from the childcare provider. Young parents will be eligible to claim up to £160 per child per week for the cost of childcare.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled on a further education course full or part time
  • Be living in England
  • Be caring for your own child/children
  • Not means tested


Payments will cover the periods you are studying in college, and may cover payments during the holidays to retain your child’s place. The money will be paid directly to the registered childcare provider.

Further information and advice or an application pack contact the: Learner Support Service (Care to Learn) Tel: 0800 121 8989 or visit the website

Contact Us

For more information about the Learner Support Fund please contact the Welfare Team: