Free childcare for children in Hyde & Cheshire



We offer a small number of government-funded places for two-year-old children.

These can be accessed through your Health Visitor or when appropriate Social Services Department.

Please speak to the Manager about our Free Entitlement Funding timetable to see which session time will suit your needs the best.


As you may be aware, from September 2017 the government introduced 30 hours’ free childcare for families with 3 and 4-year olds who meet eligibility. The Village Nursery and Pre-school offer 30 hours’ free childcare as affordable part-time and full-time packages to suit that may save you thousands on your yearly childcare costs.

Who qualifies for 15 hours of funding?

All children aged 3 and 4 years will continue to be eligible for 15 hours of government funded childcare for 38 weeks of the year (570 hours).

Who qualifies for 30 hours of funding?

Children of a single parent who work, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage and does not earn more than £100,000 per year. Children of a couple, BOTH of whom work, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage minimum of 16 hours a week with neither independently earning more than £100,000 each.

How do parents apply for 30 hours?

As part of the application process, parents are asked to enter personal details including name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one). They are also asked whether they expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months and whether they are in receipt of any relevant benefits. This information helps HMRC decide whether the parent (and their child) are eligible for 30 hours. At the start of the application process, parents create a Government Gateway account if they don’t already have one. If parents encounter any problems with the application process or accessing the childcare account, they should direct their queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Center on 0300 123 4097.

At the end of the application process, parents will have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of their account, parents receive messages regarding their eligibility. If parents are eligible for 30 hours, they will be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for their child. They are then asked to take this code (along with their National Insurance number and child’s date of birth) to their provider to claim their 30 hours’ place. These codes normally start with ‘5000’.

However, there are a small number of cases where parents might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’. More Information can be found at the following website:


The funded sessions total 1140 hours per academic year, per child. The Village Nursery and Pre-school offer the 30 hours over 38 weeks or ‘Stretched’ over 47 weeks of the year.

You may also be entitled to this earlier, from when your children turns 2 years old, if you are in receipt one of the following eligible benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based job seekers’ allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit only and have an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credits and you have an annual income of no more than £16,190


  • Where the local authority has parental responsibility for a child – a ‘Looked After Child’ subject to a care order
  • Your child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • If your child receives Disability Living Allowance
  • Your child has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order

To see if you are eligible please feel free to contact us for more information or call 0161 366 5667

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