Families can claim up to 15 hours of Universal Entitlement per week, for their three or four year old child.
What is the free entitlement for three and four year olds?
30 hour childcare
The government introduced an additional 15 hours entitlement for working families. To check if you are eligible visit Childcare Choices.
If you are eligible you will receive an 11 digit code. The childcare provider you wish to use for your childcare will need this code from you.
Find out more about the 30 hour childcare scheme.
30 hours free childcare as a foster parent
What is 30 hours?
Working parents of three and four year olds in England may be entitled to up to 30 hours of childcare, for 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks). This is an additional 15 hours of childcare on top of the 15 hours universal entitlement for all three and four year olds in England (the term after their third birthday). Children in foster care are already entitled to the universal 15 hours.
Am I eligible?
Children in foster care who are aged three or four year old will be able to receive 30 hours childcare, if the following criteria are met:
You should start by discussing this with the local authority responsible for the child (child’s corporate parent) in Salford this is the child’s social worker.
Please read further information on our fostering section.
When is my child entitled to a free early education place?
There are three different funding periods in the year. Your child becomes eligible for funding at the beginning of the period after their third birthday. The following table shows when these funding periods are:
|Child has third birthday between:||Date eligible:|
|1 April and 31 August||1 September|
|1 September and 31 December||1 January|
|1 January and 31 March||1 April|
Your child may access a place from the term after their third birthday, subject to the capacity of your chosen childcare provider.
Where can I access the free entitlement?
How can I find a childcare provider?
If you have a childcare provider in mind please contact them to see if they have vacancies or you can search online or contact the Starting Life Well service for help and advice to find a childcare provider who meets your needs. Email us at SLW@salford.gov.uk or call 0161 778 0384.
How do I access the free entitlement?
What else do I need to know?
If you need further information on any of the above please contact the Starting Life Well service by emailing @SLW@salford.gov.uk.