It is a package of three payments that will give extra money to parents and carers during the early years of a child’s life. What is the Early Learning Payment? It is a £250 payment made between the ages of two and three and a half years old. This is to help with the costs of early learning for eligible families who have a child. Who can get it? You can apply for the Early Learning Payment if you live in Scotland. You may be eligible if you are the parent or carer of the child, and you get certain benefits or tax credits.* *Universal Credit (UC), Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit.
If you are under 18 you are automatically eligible and don’t have to be on a qualifying benefit. If you are 18 or 19, in full time education or training and dependent on someone else like a parent or carer who is claiming child benefit, child tax credit, pension credit or universal credit for you. If you are not sure if you are entitled to any of these benefits, call 0800 085 7145 for a free Financial Health Check. How many children qualify in each family? There is no limit on the number of children who can get a payment. What age must my child be to qualify for the Early Learning Payment? You can qualify from your child’s second birthday. You can apply up to when your child turns three years and six months. If you apply after this time your application will be too late.