Childcare providers

Guidance and information for childcare providers in Trafford

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for all early years settings

In line with the Government's guidance, where possible parents should keep their children at home. Early years and childcare settings are closed except for children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to our coronavirus response (key workers) and cannot be safely cared for at home.

In Trafford we have an ongoing duty to ensure that we have enough places available for the children of these key workers and for vulnerable children. As such we require all of our early years settings and childminders to let us know immediately if they are going to close.

Visit the Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for all early years settings for more information.

Setting up a childcare business

How to register as a childcare provider such as a day nursery, preschool playgroup, after school club, holiday scheme or childminder.

Childcare sufficiency

Supply and demand of childcare places across different areas of Trafford.


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Becoming an early education provider

If you are a childcare provider and want to offer funded early education places to 2, 3 and 4 year old children, find out how to join the scheme.

How the early education scheme works

Find out how funded early education places are administered and paid for, access the provider hub, early years pupil premium.

Early years and childcare training courses

Details of training courses for early years and childcare practitioners and how to join the membership scheme.

Early years and childcare qualification funding

Grant funding available towards the cost of early years and childcare qualifications.

Early Years SEND Grants

Apply for grants to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.