Best Start Scotland

Last updated: 06/04/2022

Best Start Grant helps with the costs when you have a baby. There is also help when your child starts nursery and school.

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Baby Box


The Best Start Grant includes 3 different payments:

  1. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment – to help with the costs of pregnancy or having a new baby. Families will receive £642.35 from 25th week of pregnancy to 6 months after the birth of their first child and £321.20 on the birth of any following children.
  2. The Early Learning Payment – a payment of £267.65 when your child starts nursery. If you did not get the Pregnancy and Baby Payment you can still apply for this part.
  3. The School Age Payment – a further payment of £267.65 to help with the additional costs when your child start school.

You may also get help to buy food for you and your baby.

Baby Box

Parents of all new-born babies in Scotland  can receive a Baby Box. The box contains items you will need for your baby.  The box itself can be used as a safe place for your baby to sleep.

Your midwife will fill in a Baby Box registration card at your 18 – 20 or 28 week antinatal appointment. The box will be delivered to you 4 weeks before your baby’s due date.

For more information on the Best Start Grant and the Baby Box see: Sources of financial help with your baby.