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Free school meals, school clothing grant, help with childcare costs, and maternity grants for families with children.
Free school meals
Many families on lower incomes, with children at school, will be entitled to free school meals for their children:
Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)
The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is for children and young people who receive benefit related free school meals. It provides a range of fun activities and a free hot or cold meal, over the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays.
You may be eligible for a school clothing grant for your child if you are in receipt of:
To be eligible:
Help with childcare
Help with childcare is available for families with children from toddlers to teens. We can help you find a suitable childcare provider, and eligible families can get funding to cover the cost of up to 30 hours of childcare. There are a few options available, depending on your working status and how old your child is. If your child is:
You can find out more about available childcare funding options for children up to the age of 16 on the government's Childcare Choices website:
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year). You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you're eligible for both.
Tax Credits - Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit
Sure Start Maternity Grant
You may be eligible for a one-off payment, to help towards the costs of having your first child, if you are in receipt of any of these benefits:
You may also qualify if you're getting a Support for Mortgage Interest loan: