The Army knows that at times it can be difficult to access affordable childcare, and some schemes are available to assist with the cost.
Childcare vouchers are available to Serving and MOD Civilian Personnel through the MOD Childcare voucher scheme. Please see the MOD Childcare website for more information.
In October 2018, childcare voucher schemes closed to new applicants, but members already in the scheme at that time continue to benefit. Details can be found on the Government's Childcare Vouchers website.
In UK, education is normally provided through the Local Authority – for information on schools in the local area contact the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) or your nearest HIVE. Overseas, MOD Schools (part of the Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP)) provide education to the dependent children of Service personnel and MOD entitled civilians, entitled contractors and fee payers.
Many families choose to send their children to boarding school in order to provide continuity of education. A Continuity of Education Allowance is available.
This is available for children in Service families being educated in Local Authority schools in the UK between Reception and year 11.
The sum (currently £300 per annum) is paid to the school and is intended to help with some of the issues that specifically relate to Service children, such as mobility or a parent being deployed.
You should ensure that your child’s school are aware that you are an Army family so they can claim this.
Pre-school playgroups are often available close to SFA areas.