"Care to Learn provides non income-assessed support for childcare and
associated travel costs to young parents of up to £160 a week (£175 in
London) to enable them to complete their education, gain qualifications
and enter employment. Childcare payments are made direct to the
childcare provider. In academic year 2009/10 the programme cost around
£37 million and provided childcare support to 7,933 young parents.
A research report
commissioned by the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) found that
most young parents receiving Care to Learn would not have returned to
learning without support for their childcare costs. Those young
parents who stay in education after the original course funded by Care
to Learn often progress to higher level learning. Evaluation also shows
that Care to Learn has an important role in reducing the proportion of
young parents who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)."
Option 1. Let schools/colleges decide if you are eligible Option 2. Set an income threshold for eligibility, based on families/partners earnings Option 3. Reduce the amount of childcare payments you can receive Option 4. Limit eligibility to 18 and under (so 19 year olds are no longer eligible)
(NB Options 4 is the Govs preferred option)
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