Services for Young Children

Help for parents aged up to 20 years

Care to Learn

What is it?

If you are a parent under the age of 20 who wants to study or train, you can get help with paying for childcare through 'Care to Learn' funding.

How much?

You can claim for childcare and transport costs of up to £160 per child per week.

How to apply?

From the website, the Care to Learn information booklet can be downloaded or a hard copy can be sent out by contacting the Childcare and Family Information Team .

Finding childcare

You can choose the type of childcare you prefer, as long as it is Ofsted registered childcare.

If you need more help looking at the different types of childcare available please see our childcare choices pages or call the Childcare and Family Information Team who will help you find suitable childcare to meet your needs.

Finding a course

For more help with finding a course:


16 - 19 Bursary Fund

What is it?

Help with essential education-related costs if in full time education or training such as:

  • Course Equipment

  • Lunch

  • Transport (to and from school/ college)

How much?

Bursary of £1,200 if:

  • a care leaver

  • claiming Income Support or Universal Credit

  • disabled, and getting Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

  • other criteria may be considered

How to apply?

Contact the school/ college/ trainining provider student support service.

Visit: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund


Healthy Start Scheme

What is it?

  • Women may qualify if they have at least one child under four years old and on benefits, or if they are under 18 and pregnant.

  • Must be in receipt of other benefits: Income Support, Income based Job Seeker's Allowance or Tax Credits at the higher rates.

  • Household annual income must be £16,190 or less as at 2011/12.

How much?

  • Parents may be entitled to free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, infant formula and vitamins*.

  • Healthy Start vouchers are worth as at 2011/12;

    • £3.10 a week if you are pregnant.

    • £6.20 a week for each baby aged under one.

    • £3.10 a week for each child aged over one and under four.

How to apply?

  • Ask your midwife, health visit or local Children's Centre

  • Visit Healthy Start

*To obtain vitamins parents need to speak to their health professional first and use the letter that accompanies the vouchers to request them.


Hampshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership

What is it?

Services for young parents or parents to be.

How to find out more?


General information for young parents

Hampshire youth services

The Fatherhood Institute

Family Lives


Housing needs.


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