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Best Start

Financial help in the early years

September 2021
This factsheet outlines the financial help available from pregnancy to school age.

Best start foods

A new payment card for pregnant women and families with a child under 3 in Scotland

Tax credits and early years ebulletin June 2021

June 2021
Best Start school age payment, Best Start foods increase, pandemic payments and tax credit renewals

School age payment

Information on the best start grant for school age children in Scotland

Tax credits and early years ebulletin April 2021

April 2021
Best Start grant increase, £500 payment for working tax credit claimants and new elearning on Scottish child payment.

Pregnancy and baby payment

Information on the best start grant for pregnant women and families with a new baby in Scotland.

Early learning payment

Information on the best start grant for families in Scotland with children aged 2 to 3 and a half.

Latest Cost of the School Day ebulletin

15 June 2020
Applications opened for the best start grant in Scotland on 1 June, and now is a good time for families to make applications for the clothing grant and free school meals too - which can really help to reduce the cost of going back to school for those on low incomes. For information and advice on how to access these entitlements, see the latest Cost of the School Day ebulletin.