The Early Learning Payment is now open for applications. It is a new benefit being paid by Social Security Scotland.
It is a payment of £250 for parents and carers of children aged between two and three and a half years old. It is meant to help with the costs of early learning, such as clothes, shoes, toys and outings. Successful applicants can spend the money as they wish. To get the payment, parents and carers usually need to be getting a qualifying benefit.
There is no limit to the number of children in a family who can get an Early Learning Payment.
Eligible parents and carers can apply by contacting Social Security Scotland either by phone, by post or online at mygov.scot/bsgearly-learning.
Social Security Scotland - Best Start Grant
PO Box 10300
Tel: 0800 182 2222
Social Security Scotland have produced some information about the Early Learning Payment.
The Early Learning Payment is part of the Best Start Grant which will eventually include 3 payments to help parents and carers on low incomes. The first payment, the Pregnancy and Baby Payment opened for applications in December 2018. The Early Learning Payment is the second payment of the Best Start Grant.
The third and final payment of the Best Start Grant is the School Age payment. This payment is due to open for applications on 3 June 2019. It is a one off payment of £250 for parents and carers of school age children. Parents and carers usually need to be getting a qualifying benefit.