Fees and financial support

Help with childcare costs

There are a couple of different ways to get help with your childcare costs, depending on your age.

If you’re 16 to 19 years old, you can apply for the Government’s care to learn scheme.

If you’re 20 or older, you can apply for the Learner Support Fund Childcare Grant.


16-19: Care to learn

Course type Fund providerAgeType of funding
Further EducationGovernment16 to 19Grant

Care to learn will only pay for childcare costs from the start of your course if you apply within 28 days of the course start date.

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

The Student Finance Team will be alerted when you apply to Care to Learn and we will write to you to tell you what you need to do next. 

You will have to provide a copy of your child’s/children’s birth certificate(s) or passport(s), and a letter confirming you receive Child Benefit or Child Tax Credits for 2019/2020.

You will also have a short form to complete.

Summer retainers

If you are planning to return to the College in 2020-21 and you receive Care to Learn funding in 2019-20, you may be eligible for the Summer Retainer.

Care to Learn should contact you about this.

Please contact Care to Learn for advice:


20+: Learner Support Fund Childcare Grant

Course type Fund providerAgeType of funding
Further Education Education and Skills Funding Agency 20+Grant

A Learner Support Fund Childcare Grant can help you pay for your childcare costs while you study at college if you’re 20 years old or more.

All payments will be made straight to your childcare provider.

You must keep attending your course for the payments to be made.

To apply, you need to:

  • be aged 20 or over on the day your course starts
  • be the primary carer of your child(ren) and not have a partner at home who can take care of your child(ren) while you study
  • have a household income of £25,000 or under
  • be using an OFSTED registered childcare provider
  • not be receiving the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credits

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Online

    Make your application on your Student Portal and upload the supporting documents. When your application has processed you will be able to see the details of your grant on your portal.

  2. Paper application

    Download the Childcare application pack, fill out the forms and bring them along with your supporting documents to the Student Finance Team on the Ground Floor of the David Hockney Building. They may ask you some extra questions in order to assess your case.
    The Student Finance Team will do their best to see you as soon as possible, but if there is a long queue, they may ask you to come back at a different time.

Learner Support Fund guidance for students aged 19 and over (pdf)

Learner Support Fund documents needed (pdf)

Childcare Application Pack (pdf)


Childcare providers

It will be your responsibility to find a childcare provider.  

The website childcare.co.uk can help with this.

We don’t have our own nursey but College students can apply for the University of Bradford Nursery next door.

Your childcare provider will need to register if you are applying for the Learner Support Fund Childcare Grant.

Childcare Provider Registration Pack (pdf)

Last updated: 20 May 2020

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