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Are you eligible for free childcare for your 2 year old?

Many children aged two can have 15 hours free early learning a week at a day nursery, playgroup or with a childminder. Early Learning in a childcare setting helps children with their development and to gain confidence, ready for when they start school.  Find out if…

Are you considering setting up a nursery, playgroup or out of school club in Manchester?

Please contact the Early Quality Assurance team for further support and advice. North or East Manchester - Lesley Rudge,  email- Central Manchester - Jennie Henry. email South Manchester or Wythenshawe - Gill Blackwell. email

Free Early Education for all 3 and 4 year olds in Manchester

All 3 and 4 year olds in Manchester are eligible to receive 15 hours of free early education each week during term time. Full details can be found on our main website.

Education Benefits

Free school meals and free childcare are available to help Manchester residents with school costs. Click on the link to the webpages for further information

Where to get help with Childcare

If you have any issues relating to Childcare, be it finding a suitable provider, applying for a place or paying for it.  Please contact your local Children's Centre for advice. Search for your local Children's Centre.

Applying for a primary / secondary school place

For information on applying for a school place, either Primary or Seconday - please access the Manchester City Council website admissions pages.

SEND Inclusion Funding and DAF Funding

Most children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met through universal provision or through services available through the Manchester Early Years Pathway for children aged 0-5 with a special educational need or disability A small number of children will have…

Manchester Discretionary Childcare Fund

A limited pot of discretionary childcare funding is available to support parents or carers of pre school age children to attend regular appointments or sessions as part of a package of support. Only professionals can apply for discretionary childcare funding such as Health visitors, Support…

Childcare & Children's Centres

Choosing Childcare Find details of local Childcare Providers in Manchester, including registered childminders who offer care in their own home, private day nurseries, adult and toddler groups, playgroups and out of school provision.  You can search for eligble providers of Early Education Funding for 2, 3 or…