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Free Early Education and Childcare for 2 Year Olds in Tameside

You may be entitled to 15 hours of flexible early education for up to 38 weeks completely free of charge if you are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based job seekers’ allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Your 2 Year Old may also be eligible if they meet the criteria listed below:
Please note – For the criteria listed below, further information / confirmation will be required to support your application.  It is therefore advised to contact Families Information Service on 0161 342 4260 to submit your application.
  • the local authority has parental responsibility for a child – a  ‘Cared for Child’ subject to a care order
  • your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • your child receives Disability Living allowance (DLA)
  • your child has left care through special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
If you’re a non- UK citizen who cannot claim benefits:
If your immigration status says you have ‘no recourse to public funds’, you may still get free childcare for your 2 year old. You must live in England and your household income must be no more than:
  • £26,500 for families with one child
  • £30,600 for families with two or more children


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If you think you may be eligible, click here to apply online:

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  • Contact Tameside Family Information Service (FIS) on 0161 342 4260 to complete an application over the telephone
  • Talk to your Health Visitor
  • Contact your local Family Hub for assistance – contact details are provided below


Visit your local Family Hub at:

Neighbourhood: Address: Facilities also available at:

North Family Hub (Ashton)

Trafalgar Square, Ashton-under-Lyne,


Call: 0161 342 2255
Active Oxford Park
Tameside One
East Family Hub (Stalybridge, Dukinfield and Mossley)

School Crescent,

Ridge Hill, Stalybridge,

SK15 1EA

Call 0161 342 5533
Stalybridge Civic Hall
Mossley Children’s Centre
South Family Hub 
(Hyde, Hattersley and Longdendale)
Old Road, Flowery Field, Hyde, 
SK14 4SQ
Call: 0161 342 5353
Hattersley Hub & Hattersley Children’s Centre
Hyde Town Hall
West Family Hub (Denton, Droylsden and Audenshaw) Greenside Lane, Droylsden, 
M43 7RA
Call: 0161 342 5197
Tameside Wellness Centre, Denton
Denton Town Hall


Where can I get further information?
Guide to Early Education and Childcare in Tameside

Tameside Family Information Service (FIS)


Contact information

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0161 342 4260