Discretionary Learner Support and Childcare Fund 2020-21

Thurrock Adult Community College wants to make sure learning is available to all. We may be able to offer some financial support to students having difficulties through our limited Discretionary Learner Support and Childcare Fund for course related costs, on qualification courses only. Please ask Learner Services for more details.

Who can apply?

Learners can apply if:

  • enrolled on an Adult Skills Budget (ASB) funded course at Thurrock Adult Community College
  • are aged 19 or over
  • have been resident in the UK for 3 years before the course start date
  • living in a non-devolved area

Ask to see our Learner Support Fund policy for full details.

What support is available?

The level of support will depend on your circumstances. We may be able to help you with:

  • tuition fees
  • examination/accreditation fees
  • books, equipment or educational
  • visits, external registration fees or travel to placements (where essential for the course)
  • childcare fees

Childcare costs

We may be able to help with childcare costs (learners over 20 years of age). Any childcare must be with an Ofsted registered provider such as a registered childminder, creche, nursery or preschool. Payment is made directly to the childcare provider. We also have an on-site Preschool, open during the daytime and rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Visits are welcome during opening hours. Please refer to the Government website for information about claiming free childcare. All parents
can claim 15 hours per week, and eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds will be able to claim up to 30 hours per week. For more details on free childcare available in Thurrock, use this link to visit Thurrock Council's website: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/childcare

What are the threshold limits?

The upper threshold limit for learners, per annum, from a single household is £21,420 and from a joint household £27,540. If your gross household income is over this amount you will not qualify for an award. Please note these are subject to change.

Household income bands - percentage of tuition fees

How will I know if my application is successful?

You will be sent a written letter telling you the result of your application. If the application is unsuccessful, the letter will give you details of the appeal process. For full details, please ask for a copy of our Learner Support Funds Policy.

For more details contact:
Freephone 0800 783 7733 or email