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COVID-19: FREE laptops for vulnerable children

​In light of the current situation, the government is offering disadvantaged children a laptop to support their home learning.

Who is eligible for a FREE laptop

Your child is eligible for a laptop from the government if they:

  • Receive support from a social worker.
  • Are in Year 10 and had free school meals any time in the last 6 years.
  • Are a care leaver.
Young people aged 16-19 who are outside these categories and do not have a suitable device for education may be eligible for support through the government's 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. To find out about eligibility, go to 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

How to get a FREE laptop

If your child is eligible for a laptop to support their home learning, you don't need to do anything.

We're working with schools to distribute these laptops to the relevant children automatically.

You can get more details about the laptops on GOV.UK. This includes who's eligible, when the laptops will be delivered and more.


​0300 303 8801

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Early Help and Schools
Floor 4
​Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU