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Best Start Grant Initiative

To all parents and carers

Best Start Grant Initiative

The Best Start Grant is available to parents who are in receipt of a qualifying benefit – e.g. Tax Credits or Universal Credits. There are three grants available:

Pregnancy and Baby payment. This can be claimed from the 24th week of pregnancy to 6 months after the birth. The grant is £600 for the first baby and £300 for every subsequent baby.

Early Learning Payment.  This can be claimed from the date of the child’s second birthday up to the day the child is 3 years six months old. The grant is £250.

School Age Payment.  This can be claimed for children born between 1/3/14 and 28/2/15. Claims can be made between 3/6/19 and 28/2/20. Claims for children born between 1/3/15 and 28/2/16 can be made between 1/6/20 and 28/2/21. The grant is £250.

Claims can be made by either phoning 0800 182 2222 or visiting