Help with funding your childcare or play qualification

Funding is currently available for people who work in a childcare or play setting currently located in Trafford. Children’s Workforce Learning provides up to 60% funding for childcare qualifications.

How much funding can I apply for?

Children’s Workforce Learning will fund up to the following amounts following towards Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications:

Level 2 - Children's Young Peoples Workforce

Criteria: Student must work as a Volunteer, Childminder or at an early years and childcare setting in Trafford.

Details of Level 2 Children's Young Peoples Workforce qualification
 Cost of Course Funding ProvidedStudent Cost 
 £435  £260  £175

Level 3- Early Years Educator

Criteria: Student must be employed by a setting in Trafford for 16 hours per week or more. Must have CGSE grade C or above in Maths and English.

If you do not have a GCSE in Maths and English, please contact Bury College for more information on how to upskill yourself, or your staff.

Costs for student who works in an early years and childcare setting in Trafford:

Details of level 3 Early Years Edcuator qualification
 Cost of Course Funding ProvidedStudent Cost 
 £225  £135  £90

Costs for student who is a Childminder in Trafford:

 Cost of Course Funding ProvidedStudent Cost 
 £2882  £1600  £1282

We only fund qualifications through Bury College who have been assessed and quality assured by us. If you would like to study with a training provider other than Bury College you will not be entitled to funding.

How to apply for funding towards your qualification

  • Contact Bury College to confirm your place on course and the total cost of your qualification.
  • Contact Childrens Workforce Learning Team for a funding application form
  • You will be notified of funding via email within 10 working days.

Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 280 8696


  • Childrens Workforce Learning Team

Telephone: 0161 912 3249


Please note

  • Funding applications must be received prior to start date
  • Funding subject to availability. Trafford Council reserve the right to refuse or reduce funding at any time

To view a full list of childcare qualifications, please visit the Department for Education website.