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International Students' Childcare Fund

If you are an EU or International student with preschool-age children you may be able to get some assistance towards these costs. On this page you can find out about the International Students' Childcare Fund and how to apply.

What is the International Students' Childcare Fund?

The International Students’ Childcare Fund provides discretionary financial help to enable EU and International students, with preschool-age children in an approved childcare facility, to pursue a course of study. Applications to the fund are considered in the light of each applicant’s financial circumstances and the amount of childcare required.

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Am I Eligible?

Registered full and part-time EU and International students pursuing a course of study leading to a formal qualification, e.g. Master’s or PhD, can apply. Postgraduate students whose registration status is 'Limbo: Thesis' are not eligible for the scheme.

You should have a child or children attending the University Nursery or another registered or approved childcare facility.

For more detailed information, see the Guidance Notes for the International Students' Childcare Fund  

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What help can I expect to receive?

Remission will normally only be granted for childcare sessions during University term time and 10 weeks of the summer vacation and will not exceed half of the actual cost of the childcare provision taken each term. Any entitlement to free nursery education for children aged 3 or 4 years old will be taken into account when an application is made to the fund and the amount of remission awarded for these children will be less. Remission will be considered for one child only in the first instance. Additional children may be considered later in the academic year depending on the availability of funds. The child with the highest childcare costs will be considered initially.

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How do I apply?

You should complete the Hardship Fund Application Form and Childcare Information Form (one per child). If you have a partner you should also complete the Partner Information Form  Only submit your application once your child has started at Nursery or has a start date. Once you have completed your application you will need to return it to the Student Funding team along with scanned copies of the supporting documentation detailed within the form. Any receipts or invoices associated with the application must be dated and on headed paper.

If you require guidance on downloading your bank statements as a PDF to either attach to your online application or email to us, please see here.

We are only able to accept scanned/online applications and scanned/electronic supporting documentation at this time. Scanned applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to

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I have completed the application form. What happens next?

Once we have received your form, the Student Funding team will contact you to arrange a short confidential interview with a specialist Student Funding Adviser which will take approximately 30 minutes to an hour. The interview will be informal and will give you the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and circumstances in detail. We are currently holding appointments using Microsoft Teams. You will be forwarded details of your appointment within your confirmation email.

Please be assured that the Student Funding Adviser will consider your best interests at all stages of the assessment process. However, you should be aware that the Student Funding Adviser works within guidelines for the assessment of awards and distribution of funds. It may be necessary during the interview to refer to your bank statements, credit history, and spending patterns. The discussion may also explore opportunities for part-time working and other funding available. Any questions are not intended to be intrusive, but to allow the Student Funding Adviser to form a complete and comprehensive assessment of your financial situation and, if possible, to recommend a successful outcome to your application.

After your interview and once all required supporting documentation has been received, your application will be assessed against guidelines for the allocation of funds. You will be notified of the outcome by email within 10 working days. Students with a child attending the University Nursery will have any award credited directly to their University account at the start of each term. Students using an external provider will be asked to complete Childcare Attendance Sheets which will be given to them at their interview. The Attendance Sheets are signed by the Childcare Provider to confirm the cost of weekly childcare sessions and any government funding that the child may be eligible to receive. The completed forms should be sent into Student Funding with the signed receipts for payment of the fees. Any receipts or invoices associated with the application must be dated and on headed paper and should include the Ofsted Childcare Provider Number. Payments to students using external childcare providers will be made directly to the student's bank account at the end of each term when the nursery fees have been paid. Payments are subject to the satisfactory completion and submission of the Attendance Sheets and signed or stamped nursery receipts. Please note that payments can only be made into UK bank accounts or some digital-only bank accounts.

Please only provide scanned copies of your supporting documentation.

We are ordinarily offering interviews over Microsoft Teams. Please email a copy of your University ID card and recent balance slip on the day and in advance of your appointment to If you would prefer to attend an in-person interview then please let us know and we will try to accommodate your request.

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Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions related to the International Students' Childcare Fund, take a look at the Guidance Notes . Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Funding team on, or by telephone on 024 7615 0096.

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