Eligibility

You can get Care to Learn if all of the following apply to you:

  • 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 have a legal right to live and study in England
  • your course qualifies
  • your childcare provider qualifies

If you’re an EU citizen and you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after 30 June 2021. If you want to move to the UK from 1 January 2021, you may need to apply for a visa.

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 cannot 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