How the early education scheme works

Free early years places can be delivered by any provider included in Trafford’s directory of early education providers. See becoming an early education provider for information about how to join the directory and the provider agreement.

This is the key information you need to be part of the scheme:

  • Funding process overview gives a brief overview of the steps providers must take to ensure payments are received. 
  • How early education is funded describes the funding elements you will receive.  Funding is paid in advance so you can offer early education places free at the point of delivery.  
  • Model parent contract has been designed for providers to capture all the information required to administer the funding. 
  • Term dates are the weeks that term time only and all your round funding can be claimed.  
  • Provider timeline describes all the important dates throughout each term. This includes deadlines for provider actions to be completed and the dates payments are made.
  • Establishment Portal is used to claim the funding each term. 
  • 2 year old mid-term joiners outlines the process for newly eligible 2 year olds joining part way through a term.
  • Understanding a 30 hours code is a quick reference guide for making sure a 30 hours code is valid before a child starts their place.
  • Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early education providers to improve the education for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year old children.