Social Security Scotland will begin accepting applications for the Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment from Monday 29 April, from 8am.
This is the second of the three payments which make up the Best Start Grant. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment was launched successfully on 10 December 2018 and the School Age Payment will open for applications on 3 June. As part of a programme of measures, including the Baby Box, targeted at children's early years, the aim of the payments is to support parents and tackle inequality, improving health outcomes and raising attainment.
- A Pregnancy and Baby Payment of £600 for a first child and £300 for any subsequent child. This will help with expenses in pregnancy or of having a new child. There will be an extra £300 if you have a multiple birth;
- An Early Learning Payment of £250. This will help with costs with early learning at around the time a child may take up a nursery place, to support child development; and
- A School Age Payment of £250. This will help with the costs of preparing for primary school.
A range of communications products are available in relation to the Pregnancy and Baby and Early Learning Payments, including guidance documents, promotional materials and model articles and social media content that can be copied or adapted for a range of different circumstances available at:https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/stakeholder-resources.