4. How to claim

You apply online. How you do this depends on whether:

Making an application

You must choose your learning provider and childcare provider before you apply.

Your childcare provider is paid from the beginning of your course if you apply either:

  • before your course starts
  • within 28 days of starting your course

If you apply after that, your childcare provider will only be paid from the beginning of the week that your application was received.

You need to make a new application for each year you claim.

After you’ve applied

You must give your learning provider either:

  • a copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • a letter confirming receipt of Child Benefit for that child

Your childcare provider will only be paid after you’ve provided this.