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

All three and four-year-old children are entitled to a free universal early education place.  Each place provides 15 hours of early years education for up to 38 weeks per year.  However, this universal entitlement is flexible and can be accessed over a minimum of three days per week (this…

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…

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

All three and four-year-old children are entitled to a universal early education place, which provides up to 570 hours of free nursery education per year.  Further information can be found here Children in some families will now be entitled to an additional 15 hours 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…

Discretionary Support Fund

Discretionary Support Funds are available in colleges and school sixth forms to help with learning costs. The funds are prioritised for those who face financial hardship and can be used to help with additional costs, such as: financial hardship and emergencies childcare costs (for Ofsted…

Food Banks

Food banks and community kitchens currently open in Kensington and Chelsea as of 08 October 2020. You can contact the Early Help team for a foodbank voucher or get in touch with the local food bank at: Foodbanks north of the borough Foodbanks south of…

Free school meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you or their other parent are receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance from the Department of Social Security (DSS) or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Under the current criteria, children…

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 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…

Housing Information and advice

Information and advice to help you find suitable accommodation, advice on keeping your home, and homelessness.

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…

Need help to buy food and essential items due to COVID-19?

Food You can contact the Early Help team for a foodbank voucher or get in touch with one of our local food banks or kitchens. New Shopping service for those who are vulnerable or self-isolating with no support network.  Support with food and other essentials Family Friends' Free Shop…

Student Finance

Student Finance is the name for the administration of higher education student loans, grants and Disabled Students Allowances. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Student Finance Team will no longer be administering student finance for any student from 11 March 2011. After this date,…

Tax free childcare

The Tax-Free Childcare offer is a scheme  launched by the Government alongside the additional 15 hours free childcare for working parents. This scheme is designed to help working families with their childcare costs. Visit the government's Childcare Choices page for more information by clicking the link to…

What is a Family Hub?

Family Hubs In RBKC a Family Hub is not about trying to locate as many different services into one building, but it is a way to bring different types of support together for families to help resolve their issues. To ensure that that support is…

What is Early Help?

Early Help means acting to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, as soon as it emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth to adulthood and applies to any problem…
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