Childcare Support / Funding
If you’re a parent aged 19 years or under at the start of your course, you are entitled to ‘Care to Learn Funding’ via Student Finance England (https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn)
To be eligible for funding, you need to be enrolled on a college course and in receipt of child benefit for your child. As part of the application process, you will be required to show your child’s full birth certificate or Child Benefit letter to the Childcare Manager, who can then complete the Learning Provider section on the funding application.
You can also apply for travel costs through Care to Learn. Further information can be found on the website, or call Care to Learn direct on: 0800 121 8989.
If you are studying a course of Higher Education (HE):
You may be able to apply for a Government loan to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. You can apply for a Childcare Grant to help pay your childcare costs. The grant is on top of your other student finance and does not have to be paid back. To apply, or for further details to check if you are eligible, please go to https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant
Adult Funding (Parents aged 20 years+)
Once enrolled on your course at the College, you’ll be directed to our online portal: PayMyStudent. There you can apply for all financial support, including childcare (NOTE: to be eligible for any financial support, your household income must be less than £25,000).
You will need to upload evidence of your identity, bank account, household income, and your child’s birth certificate, this will be assessed to establish your eligibility.
Should you need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover course fees, please be aware that childcare costs cannot be paid until your loan is approved. If for any reason your loan is not approved, you will be responsible for any childcare costs.
The City of Liverpool College has its own onsite nursery in the Arts Centre building on Myrtle Street. You can use the Arts Centre Nursery or if you prefer, find a setting of your choice for your child. Childcare funding can only be used in Ofsted registered settings (i.e. childminders, nurseries, out of school clubs) that are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.
The Arts Centre Nursery
This purpose-built facility opened in September 2019 and is Ofsted registered for babies and children aged 4 months to 4 years. The nursery is primarily for students and staff of the college; with a small number of fee-paying places available for those outside the college community.
The Arts Centre campus is centrally located; within a ten minute walk of all city-centre buildings.
The nursery provides a cosy, nurturing environment where children are cared for by qualified, knowledgeable staff in well-equipped learning areas. The nursery has a large, partially covered outdoor play area that is accessible directly from all childcare rooms.
Each member of the nursery team holds as minimum a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. Some members of the team also hold a Level 4 qualification, whilst others are qualified to degree level. Staff are skilled in establishing secure and warm relationships with the children in their care and their parents. This helps the children to settle and enables them to learn and develop whilst enjoying their time at nursery.