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Best Start Grant

What is the Best Start Grant?

The Best Start Grant is a series of payments to help cover the costs of some of the things you might need as you bring up a wee one.  The first payment is called the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment

You could be entitled to a payment if you are receiving certain benefits or tax credits and:

  • You are pregnant
  • You have recently had a baby
  • You are a young parent

If you are entitled to the payments and:

  • It’s your first baby, you’ll receive £600.
  • You already have a child, you’ll receive £300.
  • You have twins or triplets, there is more money available to help you.


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Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payment

Parents who are eligible may also get £250 when their child starts nursery and then £250 when they start school.  These two further payments are called the Early Learning and School Age Payments and will be introduced by Summer 2019.


Applications for the School Age Payment will open on 3rd June meaning eligible families can get a payment in time for their child starting school in August in this year.

Why are we being offered this grant?

Bringing up kids is expensive and the Best Start Grant is to cover some of the costs. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment could help towards buying a pram, clothes or even a bus pass so you can get out and about. It is a cash payment, so it really is up to you how you want to spend it.

Who should apply for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

The baby’s birth mother can apply for the Best Start Grant once they are 24 weeks pregnant up until the baby is 6 months old. It’s not just mums who can apply, dads and carers can apply too. Visit to find out more.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment here, or call 0800 182 2222.

Last updated: 2 Sep, 2019