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Free Early Education/Childcare Places for 2 Year Olds in Tameside

You may be entitled to 15 hours of flexible early education for up to 38 weeks completely free of charge if you are in receipt one of the following eligible benefits: 

  • Income support
  • Income-based job seekers’ allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


  • Where the local authority has parental responsibility for a child – a  ‘Looked After Child’ subject to a care order
  • Your child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • If your child receives Disability Living allowance
  • Your child has left care through special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

(For more information around how to apply if you meet one of the above criteria please contact Families Information Service on 0161 342 5434 )



Three and Four Year Old Funding – 15 hours:

All 3 and 4-year-olds can get 570 hours of free early education childcare per year – it can be taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year or you can use the hours in conjunction with paid full-time, wrap around childcare throughout the year.  For more information about places available speak to the managers.

All eligible three year olds are able to access their childcare place the term after their 3rd birthday and it stops once your child starts reception class.



Three and Four Year Old Funding – 30 hours:

If eligible, you’re entitled to an extra 570 hours of free early education childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total. You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more. Parents need to apply the term before their child meets the age criterion to ensure they can access a place at the start of the term after your child turns 3 years of age – if not, you will need to wait until the following term to access your full 30 hours.

Parents who want to claim the additional 15 hours entitlement for three and four year olds need to apply via HMRC (not the local council authority)

Enquire with the managers as to how you can use your funded childcare at the nursery.


5% discount is offered to parents with children under the age of 3 (not in receipt of government funding) who have proof of working for the NHS.