Every child aged 3 and 4 is eligible to access free early learning and childcare. This is known as an entitlement to Early Years Free Early Education. Any child is eligible for Free Early Education from the beginning of the funding period following their third More…
Am I eligible? Click here to find out if you are eligible for free childcare for your 2 year old.  If you meet at least one of the criteria listed below you should be entitled to 15 hours free early education for your two year old child: Income More…
Ofsted registers most but not all childcare, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register. All registered childcare providers must meet the welfare requirement in the Early Years Foundation Stage relating to safeguarding and  promoting the child’s welfare, suitable people to care for More…
You can find a childcare place by searching this to find childcare that fits your requirements. You can choose the days and hours you need, by arrangement with the childcare provider. The availability of days and hours will depend on the childcare provider’s opening times More…
The cost of childcare will be different depending on the type of childcare you choose. As a guide, the local hourly rates are: Childminders: £3.00 – £5.20 Day nurseries: £4.10 - £5.11 Pre-schools: £2.60 - £5.00 Out of School Clubs: from £5 Creches: from £3 Nannies: More…
Every childcare provider must offer an inclusive practice and should be able to support children with additional needs. Many will have designated staff who will oversee your child’s development. When you search the Directory, you can identify the childcare providers than may suit your circumstances, More…