The Best Start Grant package provides parents or carers who get certain benefits or tax credits with financial support during the key early years of a child’s life.
The grant package is broken down in to three different payments –
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment – is a one-off payment of £600 for a first child or £300 for a second or later child. It can be paid during pregnancy or until the baby is six months old, in most cases. It could help you pay for maternity clothes, a cot or even a pram.
The Early Learning Payment – is a one-off payment of £250 if your child is between two and three and half years old. It could help you pay for day trips, books or toys for home learning.
The School Age Payment – is a one-off payment of £250 if your child is around school starting age. It could help you pay for a new school bag, school trips or after school activities.
You may also be entitled to a Best Start Foods card, which is a prepaid card to help you buy healthy foods for you and your baby, the card can be used in shops or online.
You can apply for Best Start Foods when you’re pregnant, or any time up to your child turning three years old.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.mygov.scot/benefits/best-start/