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30 Hours Free Childcare

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All 3 and 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare e.g. 15 hours per week for 38 weeks.

Coming soon!

Government childcare support is expanding, with significant changes coming to 30 hours free childcare in England and Universal Credit childcare offers in England, Scotland and Wales. Click here for more details.

Families of 3 and 4-year-olds who meet the eligibility criteria may also be entitled to an additional 570 hours of free childcare, a total of 1,140 hours e.g. 30 hours per week for 38 weeks.

To find out more about 30 Hours Free Childcare and make an application please visit:

Once you have received your 30 hour code, please click below to search for childcare in Tameside and register your interest with a Provider.

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Don’t delay!  To ensure you receive your 30 hour code in plenty of time it is advised to apply at least a month before the final deadline:

A child turning 3 on or between:

Final Deadline for application:

To start your 30 hour place from:

1st April and 31st August

Before the 31st August

1st September following their 3rd birthday

1st September and 31st December

Before the 31st December

1st January following their 3rd birthday

1st January and 31st March

Before the 31st March

1st April following their 3rd birthday




If you want 30 hours in January you must get your code before the 31st December 2023  
30 Hours Free Childcare

Please remember - Once you have applied online for your 30 hours free childcare you will be required to re confirm your details regularly to HMRC to ensure you remain eligible for the entitlement.

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30 Hour and Tax Free Childcare
Working families who meet the eligibility criteria may be able to receive both 30 hours of free childcare and Tax Free ChildcareFor further information and to apply, please visit

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For further information about general childcare please contact Family Information Service (FIS) on 0161 342 4260

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