St Mary's RC Primary School, ManchesterSt Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

Funding for Parents

15 free hours Childcare per week

570 hours free childcare per year is available for all 3 and 4-year-olds in England. For school nursery pupils, this is usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

30 hours Childcare per week funding

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare per week if your child is 3 to 4 years old.  This is dependent on certain eligibility criteria. You will need to make an application and provide the school with your details and a code.

For full details or to apply, click 30 hours free funding


Employer-Supported Childcare & Tax-free Childcare per week funding

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.  In our school, this can be used for the breakfast or after school club and our holiday clubs.

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

Although employer-supported childcare is now closed to new applicants, parents registered on it will be able to continue to use it for as long as their employer offers it.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you are eligible for both.

Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • how much you earn
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your nationality

Your partner’s employment and income will affect your eligibility if you are:

  • married or in a civil partnership and live together
  • not married or in a civil partnership, but living together as though you are

It will not affect your eligibility if they:

  • are or will be absent from your household for more than 6 months
  • are a prisoner

Free School Meals in Reception (FS2), Year 1 and Year 2

Currently, pupils in these years are entitled to a free school meal under a Government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). If you, additionally, meet the criteria for income based free school meals, you should still apply (see below) as the school will receive additional funding which can support your child in other ways.

Other Free School Meals

From Year 3 onwards, free school meals are available if you get one of the following:

  • Universal Credit - and your earned income is less than £7,400 a year, after tax and not including any benefits
  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, providing you are do not get Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income is less than £16,190
  • guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


You must make an application in order to receive your Free School Meals by clicking

Free School Meals Check


If you need further information or support, please speak to the office team 

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