Latest News Best Start Grant The new Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment is £250 for children aged two to three years six months, and is available to families that get certain benefits or tax credits. It is up to you how you decide to use this money, you do not need to pay it back. Apply online at mygov.scot/early-learning-payment or call by calling 0800 182 2222. If you need some help with this why not pop into your local bureau or out-reach drop in service. If unsure of your wider benefit entitlements then why not contact our financial health check team on 0800 085 7145.