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Please note: all funds for the 2016-2017 bursary scheme have now been allocated.

Key information:

  1. The scheme is only available to eligible EU and overseas students.
  2. The grants are means-tested and depend on family income and expenditures.
  3. There are bursaries available to help with registered pre-school and out-of-school childcare costs, which include breakfast and after school clubs and holiday clubs.
  4. As funds are limited, bursaries can only make a contribution towards the cost of registered childcare and not the general expenses associated with raising a child.
  5. Before making an application, you are expected to have applied for all loans, grants and benefits for which you are eligible and to have explored all avenues of financial support within your College.
  6. If you are self-financed you are expected to have made adequate provision for your dependents through your Financial Guarantee to the University.
  7. If you have a partner or spouse with you who is not working or studying, it is assumed that they will be responsible for childcare and an award is highly unlikely. However, the Committee is willing to consider exceptional circumstances.
  8. Applications can be made throughout the academic year from October. Note that the Committee anticipates most of the available funding will have been distributed by the Easter Term.
  9. If your application is successful, the award you receive is intended for the entire academic year. You can only apply for a bursary more than once in one academic year if your financial circumstances have changed significantly.
  10. The bursary application pack can be found at the bottom of this page or pick one up from College offices, CUSU, the GU or contact the Childcare Office.
  11. Completed applications must be submitted through the College Tutor who should support the application.
  12. Proof of a secured place or places in Ofsted-registered childcare, including the child’s name, booking pattern, cost and the start dates, must be included with the completed application form. Copies of invoices and/or offers of confirmed places with all of the above details are acceptable for evidence.

Pre-school Childcare Bursaries

This is Ofsted-registered childcare such as nurseries, childminders or pre-schools for children before they begin school. This includes nannies and home-carers that have joined the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register.

Out-of-school/Holiday Childcare Bursaries

Out-of-school bursaries are available to help with the costs of out-of-school and holiday facilities for school-age children. The facility should have joined Ofsted's Childcare Register.

Central Childcare Bursary Scheme Application Pack

If you have any further questions about the scheme please contact the Childcare Information Service.