Manchester City Council

Children & childcare Help with childcare costs

Free places if your child is three or four (continued)

Can I get any further help with my childcare?

You may be eligible to claim the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credits to help with the cost of any additional hours above the Early Education Funding entitlement.

Number of weeks the free entitlement can be provided for
Number of free hours child receives each week Summer Term
1 April to 31 August

Autumn Term 1 September to 31 December

Spring Term 1 January to 31 March Total weeks
1 April to 31 March
  Maximum number of free hours for whole term is 195 Maximum number of free hours for whole term is 195 Maximum number of free hours for whole term is 180  
 15 Free hours provided for 13 weeks Free hours provided for 13 weeks Free hours provided for 12 weeks  38
 12.5 Free hours provided for 15.6 weeks Free hours provided for 15.6 weeks Free hours provided for 12 weeks maximum  43.2
 10 Free hours provided for
19.5 weeks
Free hours provided for 
17 weeks
Free hours provided for 12 weeks maximum   48.5
Less than ten Free hours provided for 21 weeks maximum Free hours provided for 17 weeks maximum Free hours provided for 12 weeks maximum  50

Note:  the number of weeks your child can receive free hours for may be less if your provider is closed for some of these weeks.

Number of free hours per week

The maximum number of free hours a child can receive in a week is:

  1. 15 hours if child attends on at least three days (part or full time)
  2. 13 hours if child attends on only two days (part or full time)
  3. 10 hours if child attends on one day only

If a child attends for fewer hours, divide the term maximum free hours by attendance hours to find the number of weeks of free entitlement.  For example:

  • Child attends eight hours over one day per week in the autumn term
  • Term maximum hours is 195
  • Divide 195 by 8 = 24.4
  • Maximum number of weeks this term is 17, so child gets eight free hours for 17 weeks.

To get free hours, a child must attend at least two and a half hours on any day

What do I do next?

Please contact Manchester 's Family Information Service on 0800 083 7921 or fisinfo@manchester.gov.uk for further information. 

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