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The Council have allocated one-off funding for the financial year 2024-25 to extend the clothing grant scheme to eligible 3 and 4 year olds attending early learning and childcare (ELC) settings within East Ayrshire.

A one-off payment of £50 will be payable for each eligible child whose family circumstances meet the criteria for the early years clothing grant.

The clothing grant will be offered in three phases:

  • during July prior to August 2024 start date
  • during November prior to January 2025 start date
  • during February prior to April 2025 start date

We are currently nearing completion of the August intake registrations. Please wait until your ELC place has been confirmed before making an application for the clothing grant.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible income and benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit where household income is £19,995 or less
  • Universal Credit where employers take home pay is £1,560 or less per month
  • Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit
  • Income Support / Pension Credit
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

How to apply

Our new online application form will be available on Monday 8 July 2024 for the August 2024 intake and your payments will be issued to your nominated bank account in advance of the start of the new August term.

Apply for the early years clothing grant

Online applications will be re-opened to allow applications for eligible children joining the January 2025 and April 2025 intakes.

Supporting evidence

When you apply you will be asked to provide supporting evidence of eligibility in the form of a screenshot or photo. This is required as part of your application. Please make sure you have your evidence ready as you won’t be able to complete your application without it.

You will also be asked to provide your bank details so we can issue your payment by BACS. Again, this will be in the form of a screenshot or photo and is required as part of your application. Please make sure that this also clearly shows your name and address or your payment may be delayed. 

    Contact Information


    Early Learning and Childcare
    Telephone:07385 394774
    Telephone:07741 134679