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Early Years Education, Funding & Childcare

Deciding the type of childcare you want for your child is an important decision, so it is a good idea to get as much information as possible before deciding what is best for you and your child.

There are several different options for pre-school childcare:

  • Childminders
  • Pre-schools
  • Day Nurseries
  • Nannies (Home Childcarer)
  • Nanny & Au Pair Agencies
  • Out of School Childcare

All 3 and 4 year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours of free early education per week during term time (or 570 hours per year over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year)  This entitlement comes into effect from the term after a child’s 3rd birthday and can be used in a variety of settings including; preschools, day nurseries and registered childminders. From September 2017 this will rise to 30 hours for some families. Parents must make sure their details are up to date by reconfirming eligibility every 3 months.

Some eligible 2 year olds may also qualify for 2 year old funding. 

Please click on "Bracknell Forest Free Childcare" on the right under 'external links' for more information.

Disclaimer: The Council does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of the links or services included in this services guide - please read our Disclaimer in full (link at the top of this page) before using this services guide.

Childcare Survey 2019

The survey linked above is part of the research within Bracknell Forest regarding the levels of demand for and supply of childcare. It is open to all parents living in or accessing childcare in Bracknell Forest. We are keen to hear from parents of children currently accessing childcare or who are looking to access childcare in the near future.

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