Care to Learn

Eligibility

You can get Care to Learn if:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course
  • you’re the main carer for your child
  • you live in England
  • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country
  • your course qualifies
  • your childcare provider qualifies

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

Your course

Care to Learn is only available for publicly-funded courses in England. This includes courses that take place in:

  • schools
  • sixth-forms in schools
  • sixth-form colleges
  • other colleges and learning providers, including Foundation Learning
  • your community at Children’s Centres

Your learning provider can tell you if your course is eligible.

Your childcare provider

To qualify, your childcare provider must be registered with Ofsted.

They can be a:

  • childminder
  • preschool playgroup
  • day nursery
  • out of school club

Who can’t get Care to Learn

You’re not eligible if:

  • you’re an apprentice who gets a salary
  • you’re doing a higher education course at university