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Northern Ireland - Apply for Childcare Grant

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You can apply for a Childcare Grant on the same application as for your other financial support.

If you dont know who your childcare provider will be at the time youre applying for Childcare Grant you should still complete and return the Childcare Grant application form.

If you cant give childcare provider details at the time you apply, the maximum you can get is capped at 115 per week. Once you supply your childcare providers details youll be reassessed and will receive the full amount you are entitled to.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Telephone Enquiries

  • Phone: 0300 100 0077
  • Minicom: 0300 100 0625 You must have access to a Minicom device in order to use this service

Opening hours
Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm




Childcare Grants are offered to students with one or more children in approved or registered childcare

You can only receive Childcare Grant if you, or your partner, are not receiving the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit, or help with childcare costs from the Department of Health, Social Services or Public Safety (DHSSPS).


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Childcare Grant: The amount of grant you can get depends on your circumstances, you don't need to pay it back . You could receive up to 85% of your childcare costs up to a maximum of:

  • 148.75 per week if you have one child in approved or registered childcare.
  • 255 per week if you have two or more children in registered or approved childcare.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
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Need for the Document[edit]

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External Links[edit]

  • Student Finance Northern Ireland - Website:,1268367&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL#section1



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