Home Educating and claiming benefits

You are entitled to exactly the same benefits as you would be if your child was in school.

You do not need to inform them that you now Home Educate, just as you wouldn’t inform them of the name of a new school.

The only change applies when your child is post 16.

Please read each benefit below for more information.

Universal Credit & JSA

Home educators are tied to the same rules as a schooled family, you will be expected to work. However the job centre are not allowed to tell you to use school as a child care option. We suggest not mentioning home education to the JC as we hear all too often people have their claims cancelled, or extra demands placed on them.  You can look for evening work or daytime work etc, what ever suits you the best. There are home ed friendly child minders out there too…

Tax Credits

There is no need to inform the tax credits office that you are Home Educating as all children under 16 are entitled to it (income dependent).  They will contact you as your child approaches 16 years of age. Please carefully read the following email from the Tax credits office. And our notes below it.

There has been an update to the eligibility criteria, this now includes being able to claim if you start home educating post 16 and your child has special needs…

Child Benefit

There is no need to inform the Child Benefit office that you are Home Educating as all children under 16 are entitled to it (income dependent).  They will contact you as your child approaches 16 years of age.

There has been an update to the eligibility criteria, this now includes being able to claim if you start Home Educating post 16 and your child has special needs. Please read on.