There are a range of schemes on offer that you can make use of to help you with childcare and other family costs.
Always make sure you check to see if you are eligible to uptake free school meals. Children and young people in reception, year 1 and year 2 qualify no matter your income. For general enquires, you can use the free school meals contact form to find out more information.
- You can check out the wide range of school holiday activities on offer outside of term time for children, young people and families.
- Support may also be available for transport to and from school for certain pupils free of charge through a free annual scholar’s pass for travel on public/school buses in Greater Manchester.
- Salford Holiday Activities and Food programme - Children and young people aged four to 16 who are eligible for free school meals can access a range of fun free activities at Easter, summer and winter through the Salford Holiday Activities and Food programme. Activities include baking and cooking, arts and crafts, sports, music and more, with all sessions including lunch.
- Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 may also qualify for a bursary to help with education-related costs through the government.
- For help with school uniforms, children’s toys, books, bedding, baby equipment and toiletries ask a teacher, social worker, health visitor, midwife or support worker or Salford Citizen’s Advice to refer you to Wood Street Mission, Salford Baby Bank or Visit from the Stork.
- Our Welfare Rights Service offers free, confidential, specialist advice, case work and representation on welfare rights for people who live in Salford. The service can help households with enquiries around paying for childcare when you are eligible for Universal Credit. You can access the Welfare Rights Service online or call 0800 345 7375 Monday to Friday 10am to 12 noon.
- You can also visit the national Childcare Choices website for advice on arranging childcare and nursery provision, including government help with childcare costs.
- The council also offer a range of Parenting Programmes and advice and support for parents.
- Salford Partnership Hubs are places in your local community offering services and support for families from different agencies in one building. Services include: Antenatal, Child’s Health, Early Help, Play Sessions, Parenting support, and more. All hubs are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Find your nearest Hub.
- The BBC Tiny Happy People website has a number of resources and advice on a whole range of parenting topics, including tips for coping with rising family costs