Best Start Grant
Best Start Grant includes 3 one-off cash payments:
- Pregnancy and Baby Payment
- Early Learning Payment
- School Age Payment
1. Pregnancy and Baby Payment
You can apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment from 24 weeks pregnant up to the day your baby is 6 months old. This goes up to 1 year old if you've taken over looking after a child, such as if you've adopted.
You can apply for a child whether they're your first child or not.
If you can get the Pregnancy and Baby Payment for your first child, you'll be paid £600.
You'll be paid £300 for any child that comes after your first, such as your second or third child, or any child after these.
2. Early Learning Payment
You can apply from your child's second birthday up to the day your child is 3 years 6 months old.
If you can get the Early Learning Payment, you'll be paid £250 for each child you can get the payment for.
3. School Age Payment
You can apply for the School Age Payment in the year your child should be starting school.
Exact dates when you must apply depend on when your child was born:
|Your child's date of birth||When you need to apply|
|Between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015||Between 3 June 2019 and 29 February 2020|
|Between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016||Between 1 June 2020 and 28 February 2021|
You cannot apply outwith these dates.
If your child was born later than February 2016, you'll be able to apply after May 2021. You cannot apply for the School Age Payment for a child born before 1 March 2014.
If you get the School Age Payment, you'll get £250 for each child you can get the payment for.