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Help with Childcare Costs

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The government has introduced several new schemes to help with the cost of childcare. Finding the most suitable option for your family can be tricky, here you will find all the information you need for each scheme; from understanding if you qualify to the application process.


2 Year


We have free places for some 2 year olds in Trafford. If you are eligible, you can apply for up to 15 free hours per week at an approved provider who is part of the scheme.  You can get your child's free place from the January, April or September after their second birthday.


3 and 4 Year Olds

All children are eligible for free early education starting from the term after they turn 3. This means from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April after their third birthday. You can claim up to and including the term in which your child turns 5, although many children will start school before this.;.


30 hours

The government is aiming to make childcare more affordable for working parents by increasing free early education from 15 to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year for some 3 and 4 year old children. This is known as an 'extended entitlement.


Tax Free Childcare

Parents can open an online childcare account which they can use to pay their childcare provider directly

For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or £4,000 for disabled children – separate from funded entitlements.


Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers are a form of Employer-supported childcare. Employer-supported childcare describes the help that is offered by employers to employees to help with childcare costs.

Childcare vouchers are now closed to new entrants.


Studying Parents

If you are considering starting a course, you should first check with your training provider to see what childcare provision and financial assistance will be available while you are studying.


Free School Meals

If you are receiving benefits or tax credits support payments your child may be entitled to receive free school meals.


SEND Support

If you have a child with SEND you could be entitle to addtional help in finding a suitable provision and paying for it.




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