Childcare

Financial Help

If you are thinking about starting a course understandably there can be a lot to consider. If one of your concerns is about the associated costs of learning then read on, there could be help at hand.

Can I get help with my childcare costs?

Being a parent and attending a course shouldn’t be a problem. Many of our courses are held while children attend school or in the evening. If however, your child is of pre-school age and you do not have a member of your family who can look after your child you will have to consider childcare arrangements while you learn with us.

You could get up to 15 hours free childcare each week for your two year old for 38 weeks of the year. Places are available across Wolverhampton in a variety of childcare settings such as childminders, playgroups, children’s centres and some schools. This can support your child’s development in a fun and learning environment, whilst giving you the opportunity to enter employment or further training. There are a number of ways you could qualify:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support through VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

If you are working and in receipt of any of the following:

  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credits and have an annual household income less than £16,190 a year
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits and have an annual household income less than £16,190

Or if you care for:

  • A looked after child (foster care)An adopted 2 year old child
  • A child that has left care through special guardianship or child arrangement order
  • A child with an Education Health Care Plan

To apply visit Early Education Funding, call 01902 554242 or drop into your local childcare provider.

If your child or children are aged 3 or 4 years they are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year. We would expect you use this entitlement prior to making an application for reimbursement through Wolverhampton Adult Education Service.

You can claim for reimbursement of childcare if the following applies to you:

  • If you are studying for on an accredited course (check with your tutor) and
    • If you are on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (work related activity group) or,
    • If your household is in receipt of a mean-tested benefit (Council Tax Benefit; Housing Benefit; Income Support; Employment Support Allowance (health related activity group)/Incapacity Benefit; Pension Guarantee Credit; Working Tax Credits)

We will only make payments directly to OFSTED registered childcare providers. For more information and to make an application please get in touch with Student Services on 01902 551658. 

Can I get help with other course costs?

On occasions there may be other costs associated with your course. There may be an organised trip, ingredients to purchase for a cookery course, flowers to purchase for a floristry course or other essential costs for books or equipment. If the following apply to you we welcome your application:

  • If you are studying an accredited course (check with your tutor if you are not sure) and,
  • If you receive Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (work related activity group).

For more information and to make an application please get in touch with Student Services on 01902 551658. 

I'm 16-19 years old; am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are aged 16-18 years at the start of your course check out the information below to see if you are entitled to claim from the bursary fund. Remember you can also claim for childcare costs if you are a parent in this age range too.

Discretionary Bursaries

Eligibility

Evidence (dated within the last 12 months)

Households in receipt of means tested benefits

Proof of benefits

Income threshold of less than £21,000 per year

P60s or wage slips

You can claim for:

Courses of less than 12 hours per week.

  • Travel to and from classes
  • Meals if on site for a full day
  • Books and equipment needed for study
  • Costs for course related trips

Courses of at least 12 hours per week over at least 30 weeks

£600 studying over a minimum of 30 weeks.

Guaranteed Bursaries

Eligibility

Evidence (dated within the last 12 months)

Young people in care

Local Authority Letter confirming that you are either in care or have recently left care

Care leavers

Local Authority Letter confirming that you are either in care or have recently left care

Young people in receipt of Income Support

Letter from the DWP confirming that you receive income Support

Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance

Letter from the DWP confirming that you receive Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance

Claims can include

£1,200 based upon studying a programme of a minimum of 12 hours per week over at least 30 weeks. Pro rata

For more information and to make an application please get in touch with Student Services on 01902 551658. 

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