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15 and 30 hours free early learning for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds promotional videos

The following video explains about the 15 and 30 hours funded early education and childcare for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds in Kensington and Chelsea. You can also access a subtitled version in: Albanian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya

15 hours free early education and childcare for every 3 and 4-year-old

All three and four year old children are entitled to free 15 hours early education and childcare (570 hours in total per academic year).    The 15 hours are usually taken 38 weeks per year (term time) for at least 3 hours, 5 days per…

15 hours free early learning for 2-year-olds

Is your family living on a low income or claiming income based benefits? Does your two year old have additional needs, or have they left care? You may be entitled to claim free childcare up to a maximum of 15 hours during term time, or 11…

16 to 19 education: financial support for students (guide for institutions)

Advice for institutions on the financial support young people may be able to access to help them participate in education and training. Please access the GOV.UK site for further information: 16 to 19 education: financial support for students (guide for institutions)

30 hours free early education and childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds (extended entitlement)

All three- and four-year-old children in the UK receive 15 hours of free childcare per week. Some children may also be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare, otherwise known as the '30 Hours Childcare' or 'Extended Entitlement'. This entitlement would overall amount to…

Building relationships for stronger families

The Building Relationships for Stronger Families programme has now ended. Referrals closed at the end of March 2022. Relationship Support is continuing in Westminster however, please contact the Parenting Service for more information: earlyhelpparentingteam@westminster.gov.uk

Bursaries, scholarships and awards

Students in higher education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance - you don’t have to pay this money back. Each university or college has their own rules about bursaries, scholarships and awards, eg: who…

Care leaving services for 18 to 25 year olds

A young person who has been looked after may be eligible for care leaving services when they reach the age of 18. If you are a care leaver, you may be eligible for services: from the ages of 18 to 21 from the ages of…

Care to Learn Scheme

The Care to Learn scheme will pay for childcare costs and related travel costs (up to £175 per week for young people living in London) for parents who are under 20 years of age and who are in education or training. You can claim Care…

Dance and Drama Awards: funding for students

If you are aged 16 to 23 and show talent and a likelihood to succeed in the industry, you could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with fees and living costs at one of 17 private dance and drama schools. Apply direct…

Early Help

Early Help in Kensington and Chelsea is a way of getting extra support when needed. Our integrated 0-19 (25 with SEND) service aims to help families when difficulties first begin so that we can support them with finding solutions quickly. Through our Family Hub Model,…

Family Information Service (FIS) Newsletters

Please click on the link below to access the latest newsletter: Kensington and Chelsea FIS newsletter autumn 2022 edition Kensington and Chelsea FIS newsletter summer 2022 edition Kensington and Chelsea FIS newsletter spring 2022 edition Kensington and Chelsea FIS newsletter winter 2021 edition Kensington and…

Financial support for young people

Please find below information about financial support available for young people: Student finance University and college hardship funds Learner support: financial help for over 19s Dance and drama awards Bursaries, scholarships and awards Care leaving services Children Services charitable trust The Princes' Trust Help for…

Financial support, housing and food

Financial support If you have financial concerns, support is available to provide you with information or speak specifically about your situation. Please visit the Kensington and Chelsea webpage on how the council and government can support you financially. You can also contact the Local Support Payments helpline…

Food Banks

You can find information about the food banks available at present through the link below Kensington and Chelsea Social Council:  FOOD BANKS

Free school meals

Free school meals is a government initiative which provides children with a nutritious meal during term time. All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 receive free school meals, this is known as universal Infant free school meals. For children in year 3 or above,…

Help for low income families

The government provides information on a number of different Benefits for families, including who they are for and how you can apply for them, including; Apply for free school meals Benefits calculators Care to Learn Carer's Credit Childcare Grant Claim if you were injured while serving…

Help for Self Employed

Here are some useful links for self-employed, and these links offer guidance on how to access financial help from the Government. Self Employment & Universal Credit https://www.gov.uk/self-employment-and-universal-credit Employment & Support Allowance https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-get-the-government-3000-coronavirus-grant-2549866/ Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-apply-for-a-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-2549863/ Citizen’s Advice…

Home-Start (Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster)

Home-start supports ANY family living in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea who needs them, provided there is at least 1 child under 5, or a baby on the way.  Rich or poor, settled or transient; there are times when we all need support and friendship but…

How to Apply for a Grant

To apply please complete the application form to the right and send it to us with the key documents listed below Key documents We require you to provide the following information in order to ensure the application meets the criteria and is not fraudulent: a witnessed copy of a passport or driving…

Kensington and Chelsea local benefits

Please find below information about local benefits and financial help available to Kensington and Chelsea residents: RBKC discretionary housing payments Local support payments RBKC benefit calculator Apply for benefits View my benefits information

Learner Support: financial help for over 19s

If you’re aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship, you could get Learner Support. You apply to your learning provider (for example your college) for Learner Support. How much you get depends on your circumstances. The money can help…

Money matters

In this page you may find information about different types of financial support.  Kensington and Chelsea cost of living support hub Help for households: national advice and support Winter fuel payment support Discounts and offers Help towards childcare costs Sure Start maternity grant Free school…

Student Finance

Student Finance England is the name for the administration of higher education student loans, grants and Disabled Students Allowances. All enquiries should be made directly to Student Finance England. Tel: 0845 300 5090  For details of the arrangements, the online application facility and other finance…

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is for working families to help towards the costs of childcare. How does it work? For every £8 you pay into your online account, the government will pay in £2. This means you can get up to £2,000 per year for each child…
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