Best start grant is divided into three separate one-off payments. These are:
- pregnancy and baby payment of either £600 or £300
- early learning payment of £250
- school age payment of £250
Pregnancy and baby payment has replaced the Sure Start maternity grant in Scotland. The grant helps with maternity costs if you have a low income or if you are pregnant or have a child when you are under 18. It was introduced on 10 December 2018.
Early learning payment and school age payment help with costs as your child grows up.
The early learning payment was introduced on 29 April 2019.
The school age payment was introduced on 3 June 2019.
Sometimes you can get a best start grant if you are looking after someone else’s child, for example as a kinship carer.
Best start foods
From 12 August 2019, a best start foods pre-paid payment card, worth £4.25 a week for families with a child under 3 replaced the Healthy Start scheme in Scotland.
Scottish child payment
From 2021, a new Scottish child payment of £10 a week will also be introduced for children in lower income families.
Winter heating assistance
From winter 2020, any family living in Scotland with a severely disabled child will be eligible for winter heating assistance.