Free school meals, school clothing grant, help with childcare costs, and maternity grants for families with children.
Many families on lower incomes, with children at school, will be entitled to free school meals for their children:
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 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:Childcare Choices - more information and how to apply
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: