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Childcare Support

Care to Learn

If you are a young parent aged 16 – 19 at the beginning of your course, you may be able to apply to the Care to Learn Scheme to help with your childcare costs. Visit the Care to Learn Scheme website to learn more about Childcare funding or call 0800 121 8989 for information on how to apply online.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Student Support Fund team:
By phone on 0800 028 0289
Or by email on studentsupportfund@derby-college.ac.uk

Childcare Bursary

If you are a parent aged 20 or over at the beginning of your course, you may be eligible for help with childcare costs on the days when you attend college.

If your child(ren) are entitled to 2 year or 3 year old free childcare from the government, those hours MUST be used for your college lessons first before bursary funds are used.

Childcare providers must be OFSTED registered and the maximum funding limit is £225 per 10-session week per child per Academic Year or £45 per day. A maximum of 2 children per student can be supported.

To be eligible for help with childcare, one of the following must apply:

  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of Universal Credit
  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of Income support
  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of Child Tax Credits (without working tax credit) with an annual gross income of no more that £16,190
  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • You are in receipt of or are dependent on someone who is in receipt of the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • You are receiving support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • You are living in a household that has an income of below £20,000

If you believe you meet one or more of the above criteria and you would like to apply for help with your childcare costs whilst you attend lessons in college, please email studentsupportfund@derby-college.ac.uk and ask for a childcare application form. You will also need to submit evidence of one or more of the above criteria, the details of your OFSTED registered childcare provider and a copy of your child(ren)’s birth certificate(s).