The Department for Education provides local authorities with funding for eligible children aged two, three and four.
It enables parents and carers to access up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare with childcare providers, who are approved by Salford's Starting Life Well service and are eligible to be added to the Directory of Funded Providers.
Providers are free to decide their session lengths; the start and end times of those sessions and the weeks in which they offer free entitlement sessions within the three terms. In doing so they must take the needs of parents into account and ensure their session times make sound business sense. Providers must publish the start and end times of their free entitlement sessions together with the weeks in which they are offered.
To become a funded provider, you need to read the Salford local guidelines and terms and conditions and also complete and return the consent form. Both of which are available to download below.
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