Schools, education and childcare Free childcare

All three and four year olds and some two year olds can get up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare each week for 38 weeks of the year.

If you work, your three or four year old could get another 15 hours of childcare (making it 30 free hours). You apply for this separately.

Read more about this national scheme if your child is two or three to four years old.

Who can claim

You do not need to live in the area covered by Manchester Council to claim.

If you live in the area covered by Manchester Council but want your child to go to a childcare provider outside this area, contact the relevant council.

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