Help with childcare costs

Full Time Discretionary & Childcare Application Form 2019-20

Part Time Discretionary &Childcare Fund Application Form 2019-20

Carer Form 2019-20

BACS form and Guidance Note 2019-20

For funding purposes, childcare falls into 2 categories:

  • Registered childcare is provided by people or organisations who are childcare providers registered with your local council. They may be childminders, nurseries, after school clubs or day-care centres.
  • Unregistered childcare is provided by people who are not registered as childcare providers.
Who can apply?

Funds are available for Home students to help towards registered childcare costs during term time. These costs may include a nursery, child minder or after school care. You can only apply for help towards days for which you are timetabled to attend GCU or placements. International and EU (fee only funded) students cannot apply to this fund.

To be eligible you must be in receipt of all SAAS/Local Education Authority support funding available to you. Funds are limited so how much you are awarded towards childcare will take into account household income and any other sources of childcare funding you are already entitled to, for example, Lone Parents Childcare Grant/Working Tax or Universal Credit Childcare element/Local Authority contribution. 

These funds are only available for childcare provision for children up to the age of 14 (unless for a child over 14 with disability needs).

If you are a full time, undergraduate lone parent there is a Lone Parent Childcare Grant of £1,215 available to help with registered childcare costs. You must be in receipt of the SAAS Lone Parent's Grant or HMRC Working Tax Credit lone parent's allowance in order to apply. The Student Funding Team will assess your eligibility and administer this grant as part of your childcare award over the academic year.

There are different guidelines for Nursing students. 

How to apply

Collect a white Discretionary & Childcare Fund Application Form, a yellow BACS Transfer Form‌ and a purple Carer Form from level 1 of the George Moore building; next to the Campus Life desk; or the Student Funding Team in the Campus Life Lounge. Alternatively, you can download the Discretionary & Childcare Application and Carer Form during term times on the main page of help with childcare costs. 

Remember to complete all pages of the forms. Your childcare provider must fill in the front of the PURPLE Carer Form and supply a copy of their registration certificate. 

Once you have filled in the forms, take them (including all photocopied documents required) to the Post Box on level 1 of the George Moore building (next to the Campus Life desk) or to the Campus Life Lounge during Drop-In times if you would like a Funding Adviser to check your completed forms before submission

Lone parents' childcare grant

This is a SAAS grant (up to a maximum of £1,215 per academic year) administered through the University. If you are a full-time, undergraduate student and apply to the university for help towards registered childcare costs, this grant, if you are eligible, will be included in any childcare award made to you. The Lone Parent Childcare Grant only covers registered childcare. Applications will be assessed taking into account any payments received for childcare costs from other sources. You must have applied to SAAS for the Lone Parent Grant or HMRC Working Tax Credit Lone Parent Allowance before you will be considered for this grant. If the Lone Parent Childcare Grant does not fully cover your childcare costs, the Student Funding team will assess your application for further help towards the remainder of your costs. Postgraduate and part time students cannot apply.

Childcare help for Nursing Students

Full time Nursing students should apply to SAAS for the Childcare Allowance for Parents. If the Childcare Allowance for Parents does not fully cover your childcare costs, you can apply to the Student Funding team for further help towards the remainder of your costs. Please note that funds are limited and awards may not cover your full childcare costs.

Unregistered Childcare Costs

Students using unregistered childcare can only apply for help with these costs through the Discretionary Fund (if eligible). Nursing students can only apply for help towards registered childcare costs.

How to Apply:

Collect a white Discretionary & Childcare Fund Application Form, a yellow BACS Transfer form and a purple Carer Form‌ from level 1 of the George Moore building; next to the Campus Life desk; or the Student Funding Team in the Campus Life Lounge. You can also download the forms which are on the main page of our help with childcare costs. 

Remember to complete all pages of the forms. Your childcare provider must fill in the front of the PURPLE Carer Form and supply proof of address e.g. household bill.

Once you have filled in the forms, take them (including all photocopied documents required) to the Post Box on level 1 of the George Moore building (next to the Campus Life desk) or to the Campus Life Lounge during drop-in times if you would like a Funding Adviser to check over your completed form.

If you would like advice on applying for help with childcare costs or completing the application form contact us.

Help with paying for childcare

For funding purposes, childcare falls into 2 categories:

  • Registered childcare is provided by people or organisations who are childcare providers registered with your local council. They may be childminders, nurseries, after school clubs or day-care centres.
  • Unregistered childcare is provided by people who are not registered as childcare providers.

Some students may use both registered and unregistered childcare, in which case you may need to apply for financial help from more than one source. However, there is generally more financial help available for registered childcare costs. This page gives you information on the different sources you may be able to apply to. International and EU fee only funded students cannot apply for help towards childcare costs.

Please note: Only days timetabled to attend GCU or placement will be considered for an award from the Childcare Funds.

Since funds are limited, any award made may not cover your full costs.

Payments towards childcare costs only cover one trimester, therefore you may need to apply more than once over the academic year.

All childcare providers are contacted by the Student Funding Team to check attendance and payments.