Manchester City Council

Schools, education & childcare Free childcare

Claiming free childcare

When to claim

Check if you can get free childcare. If you’re eligible, you can claim before your child turns two or three years old.

The date you can claim depends on your child’s birthday. If their birthday is between: 

  • 1 January and 31 March, claim at the start of the term either on or after 1 April
  • 1 April and 31 August, claim at the start of the term either on or after 1 September
  • 1 September and 31 December, claim at the start of the term either on or after 1 January

How to claim

Contact an eligible childcare provider. Or if your child is already with an eligible childcare provider, ask the staff at the centre.

They may ask for evidence of benefit you’re getting.

The staff at any children's centre can help you apply.

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