Benefit Verification

What does Socially Disadvantaged mean?

Socially disadvantaged applies to a child whose parent is in receipt of any of the following benefits -

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • An award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same
  • Universal Credit.

Legislation requires Pre-School providers to give priority to children in their final pre-school year who are from socially disadvantaged circumstances.

Please read the information below:

The online parent portal for admission to pre-school education in the 2019/2020 school year opens from Wednesday 2 January 2019 until 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019.  

If you have submitted an online application for pre-school at and you are claiming priority because of socially disadvantaged circumstances you MUST take the Benefit Verification Form below to your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office where the information in Section B will be completed. 

  • Complete one Benefit Verification form for each child.
  • If you do not have access to a printer the form will also be available on request from:-
  • When your form is completed and certified, you must then take or send it to the pre-school provider listed as your first preference to be received on or before 12 noon on Friday 8thFebruary 2019.  

Download/Print the Benefit Verification form

Last upated: 28/12/2018