Best Start Grant

Funds to support your child

You may be eligible for a Best Start Grant if you

  • are pregnant
  • have a child between 0 and 3 years 6 months old
  • have a child due to start school.

There are 3 grants 

  • pregnancy and baby payment
  • early learning payment 
  • school age payment.

If you have children who are the right age for both the early years grants, you only need to fill in form once to apply for both.

Apply for a Best Start Grant on

Other support for school pupils

Read about free school meals and schoolwear