Information for early education providers

Free early years places can be delivered by any provider included in Trafford’s directory of early education providers. This includes Ofsted registered school nursery classes, private day nurseries, pre-school playgroups, nursery units of independent schools and childminders. See directory of early education providers for information about how to join the scheme and the provider agreement.

Administering free early education

How early education is funded

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.  

Parent information and online applications

For further information about eligibility and how to apply:

Frequently asked questions

Why not take a look at the frequently asked questions that we have compiled using queries we have received from childcare providers.

Help us improve

We are always looking for ways we can improve the administration of our scheme.  If you have any suggestions or feedback please email