How to apply for 30 hours free childcare

Complete these 3 simple steps to apply for your 30 hour free childcare 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 April (summer term)
  • 31 August for funding starting in September (autumn term)
  • 31 December for funding starting in January (spring term)

You need to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.

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.

Step 3 – complete a funding declaration 

To claim your funded hours in summer 2020 you will need to complete a funding declaration form which is available from Trafford Family Information Service on 0161 912 1053 or by email FIS@trafford.gov.uk.

For funded hours from 1 September 2020 you will not be required to complete a funding declaration form. Your early education provider will claim the hours on your behalf.