The Scottish Government has announced a £250 benefit for low income families that will come into action 29 April.
The Early Learning Payment will be the fourth new social security benefit for children between the ages of two and three and a half.
The benefit can be used for anything from children’s clothing and shoes to toys, books and days out.
Children who have not got a nursery or a school place are eligible to receive the new payment, as well as parents and carers living in Scotland while responsible for a child and recieving certain qualifying benefits.
The financial support also includes the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, as well as the Best Start Grant School Age payment.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Since December, low income families have been eligible for a payment of £600 on the birth of a new child, and £300 on the birth of any siblings.
“In just two months of the Best Start Grant, the Scottish Government got more money into people’s pockets than the DWP had managed under the old system in an entire year.”
The Best Start Grant is for families who are in receipt of eligible benefits including Universal Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit and Tax Credits.
Shirley-Anne Sommerville, Social Security Secretary said: “The Best Start Grant package will support 30,000 to 40,000 families this year – totalling an investment of £12 million. This is £10 million more than previously provided by UK Government support.
“The new £250 payment will help low income families around the time a child normally starts nursery demonstrating this Government’s ambition to put more money into the pockets of families who need it the most.”
Social Security Scotland is using a single application process for these payments, allowing families to apply for any Best Start Grant Payment in one form.
Applications can be made online, over the phone or by post.