Early Education Funding


All children aged 3 and 4 years are eligible to receive 15 hours funding per week, 38 weeks of the year; this is a total of 570 hours per year. These are called universal hours.The funding starts the term after the child's 3rd birthday, on the 1st September, 1st January or 1st April; for example, if your child's birthday is on the 10th May, they will be eligible to receive their funding from 1st September after their birthday.


Your funded hours will be completely free, however, the funding covers basic education provision only so a Care Package is charged to cover the items listed below:

  • cost of meals and snacks that are freshly prepared on the premises using locally sourced, organic produce
  • extra-curricular activities, i.e. dance classes, sports classes, yoga, forest sessions, welly walks and much more!
  • specialist staff provision, i.e. Early Years Teacher, private Speech and Language Therapist
  • supply of Paracetamol / Nurofen / Piriton as and when necessary
  • supply of nappy creams and baby wipes
  • special events such as Mothers' Day Tea Party, Fathers' Day Garden Party, Grandparents' Tea Party, Christmas Party / Entertainment / Pantomime, Easter Hunt, Family Yoga
  • other special events / festivals and individual room parent events
  • trips and visits to the community and further afield


For more information on how to apply, please visit https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/childcare-and-early-education/childcare-and-early-education.aspx


Working parents may be entitled to additional 15 hours funding per week; these are called extended hours.

To find out if you qualify, please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to see the 30 hours free childcare eligibility criteria. There is a different application process for the extended hours and parents will need to obtain an eligibility code which needs to be re-validated every 3 months.