Pre-school (age 0 to 4)

Applying for a nursery school place

Children can access free early education and childcare in school nurseries and with private day nurseries, pre-school playgroups or childminders.

As it is not mandatory for children to attend a school nursery there is no appeal process if a child does not get offered a school nursery place, however you are entitled up to 15 hours free early education and childcare in a day nursery, playgroup or with a childminder, the term after a child's third birthday.

Information for parents of children applying for a nursery place.

Looking for free early education places or childcare?

If you are looking for a childminder, day nursery, playgroup or out-of-school club, then Salford Starting Life Well information service can help. We keep the only complete and up-to-date database of registered childcare provision in Salford, updated every day direct from Ofsted records.

Find out more about childcare.

We are dedicated to keeping families informed

The Starting Life Well service works closely with many other organisations in Salford to provide information about a wide range of services and activities for children and families. We already have a wealth of information at our fingertips. And if we don't know the answer to your query immediately, we will find out who does. You can call us free on 0161 909 6508.

You can access information for 13 to 19 year olds on WUU2. The council also has a service and events directory which lists information on services, events and activities in Salford.  

Discover the rewards of a career in childcare

Working with children is a fast-growing profession offering flexibility, variety and great prospects. If you are looking for a rewarding career, whether you are starting work, returning to work or looking for a change in direction.

Find out more about working in childcare.

Salford children's centres

Bring together a range of accessible services for parents in one place through its children's centres.

This page was last updated on 28 May 2015

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