Care to learn

The Care to Learn scheme offers financial help with childcare and travel costs to parents under the age of 20 so that they can get back into studying or gain qualifications.

What to learn

It’s up to you what you decide to learn or study, you can choose the subjects and/or courses that suit you, as well as your place of study, whether it be a college or a work place. Care to Learn offers financial help with any kind of study or learning, as long as it is publicly funded.

Why learn at all

There are many reasons you might be thinking about getting back into learning or earning new qualifications. Gaining new qualifications could improve your career prospects and help you get the job you want in the future.

Research shows that those with qualifications earn more than those without, so you might be thinking about the financial future for you and your family.

As well as boosting your career prospects, studying can be a great way to meet new people; broadening your social circle and improving your social skills and confidence levels.

You don’t have to work towards a specific qualification. Care to Learn can help you with the costs of childcare and travel whether you decide to study towards a qualification or simply learn just for the sake of learning – it’s up to you.

What childcare can I choose?

Care to Learn will help with the costs of whatever registered childcare you use and will pay £160 per child per week (£175 in London). You can choose from registered:

  • childminders
  • day nurseries
  • playgroups
  • out of school clubs and more.

Whatever’s best for your family.

What is the money for?

The money provided by Care to Learn is to cover childcare while you learn, study, are on placement or are travelling to and from your childcare provider. You can also claim financial help for:

  • childcare registration fees.
  • childcare tasters.
  • additional childcare fees during holidays.
  • travel costs for taking your child to the childcare provider.

How to apply

To apply for Care to Learn, download a Care to Learn application form from the Direct Gov site at:

Who can help?

You can read a more in-depth explanation of Care to Learn at the Direct Gov website:

Take a look at the Post 16 Choices section of this site to find out more about some of the studying options open to you.

Find out about the financial help that’s available to young people in education and training and make sure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to by visiting Directgov – Financial Help for Young People.

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