Information for kinship carers on childcare options for children aged 0-16, including nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and nannies.
Education Maintenance Allowance
Education Maintenance Allowance is money that young people in Wales aged 16–18 can claim to support their full-time education.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is funding that’s available to help young people aged 16-18 in Wales continue their education after school-leaving age.
A young person can claim EMA if they are studying up to Level 3 in education, which includes:
- AS-Levels or A-Levels
- BTEC, GNVQ, NVQ
- Basic skills courses
- Independent Living Skills courses
You should be a UK citizen living in Wales to qualify, and your course doesn’t have to take place in Wales. Sometimes non-UK citizens living in Wales can get EMA.
As well as the age and course eligibility criteria, your household income is considered when making the decision to award Education Maintenance Allowance.
The rules say:
- if you care for more than one child, your household income shouldn’t be greater than £20,817
- if you care for more than one child, your annual household income must be £23,077 or less
When to apply
Because EMA is awarded on an annual basis, the young person you care for needs to apply for the allowance before their course starts.