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Care to Learn

Support with childcare costs for Students aged 16 to 20 years of age.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Care to Learn (NI) Scheme provides students aged between 16 and 20, who are a parent, with help towards childcare costs. The scheme is open to full time and part time FE and HE students. Students must meet the residency criteria set out in the prevailing Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) and be using a registered childcare provider.

Payments for childcare will be made, in arears, directly to the childcare provider. Payments are all subject to a monthly student attendance check and may be stopped or reduced due to poor attendance.

Students can also receive assistance with reasonable associated travel costs to and from the childcare provider, where these costs are in addition to their normal travel costs from home to college.

The maximum assistance available for all costs associated with registered childcare, including travel, is up to £165 per week for each child. Payment will be based on actual costs. If weekly childcare cost exceeds the maximum assistance available the student will be responsible for paying the childcare provider directly for any amount over the maximum limit.

Further Information and Contact Details

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SERC Student Finance Advisors studentfinance@serc.ac.uk

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