30 hours free childcare

Working parents may be entitled to an extra 15 hours per week of free childcare for their 3 or 4 year old child. This is in addition to the 15 free hours that all children already receive. Find out if you are eligible.

The additional hours will be provided by day nurseries, childminders, pre-school playgroups, school nursery classes and out of school clubs. See the Trafford Directory for the list of providers signed up to be part of the 30 hours scheme. 

Parents - how to apply

Complete these 3 simple steps to apply for your 30 hour place.

Step 1 – get your eligibility code

Apply for your 30 hours eligibility code using the government’s childcare service. If you are eligible, you will be provided with an 11 digit code. There is a deadline for obtaining your eligibility code depending on which term you want the funding to start:

  • 31 March for funding starting in summer term
  • 31 August for funding starting in autumn term
  • 31 December for funding starting in spring term

Step 2 – take the code to your provider to secure your place

Take the eligibility code to your provider, along with your national insurance number and the national insurance number of your partner if you have one. Your provider will check that the code is valid and then will offer you a 30 hour place. If you need help finding a childcare provider, our Family Information Service will be more than happy to help.

Step 3 – complete the parent declaration 

You need to complete a parent declaration form to tell us where you are claiming your funded hours. The funding will then be paid directly to the provider. 

Providers – how to register and check codes

You will need to sign an agreement to be able to deliver funded hours. 

Parents must provide their 11 digit eligibility code to you. This must be checked by entering the parent's national insurance number and child's date of birth into the Early Years Provider Hub.