Becoming an early education provider

To deliver funded early education places, you must be on the Ofsted early years register and signed up to the Trafford directory of early education providers.

Which children you can deliver funded places to will depend on your Ofsted judgement:

  • 3 and 4 year old children - outstanding, good, requires improvement or not yet been inspected.
  • 2 year old children - outstanding, good or not yet been inspected.  

Joining the directory

If you meet this critera and want to join the directory, you need to print and sign an early years provider agreement which you can download here:

You can email your signed agreement to or post to Early Years Service, 2nd floor, Waterside House, Sale, M33 7ZF.

Leaving the directory

You can leave the directory at any time by emailing

There is a withdrawal process for providers that have been judged as inadequate or requires improvement by Ofsted. Providers have a right of appeal against the decision to withdraw funding.