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Childcare

Childcare information and advice on all registered childcare provision in the London Borough of Hounslow

What is registered childcare?

The law requires anyone providing childcare professionally for children under 8 for a period of more than two hours at a time to register with Ofsted. Providers are inspected regularly by Ofsted and these reports are then published.  The inspection will rate the quality of the childcare being provided and judge it as either

  • Outstanding
  • Good
  • Requires improvement
  • Inadequate

When provision is judged to be less than "Good", Ofsted and the local authority will take steps to work with the provider to improve the quality of their childcare

Read more on Ofsted's role in regulating childcare......

Exemptions - Some types of childcare are exempt from compulsory registration. Nannies, for example, are employed by a family to work in that family’s home, and are not classed as a childcare business in the same way as childminders who operate from their own homes. Other exempt provision includes those where children stay for less than two hours, such as crèches, or groups like Rainbows and Scouts. Exempt providers can opt to join whats known as the Voluntary Childcare Register and then can also be inspected.

**All childcare providers listed on this directory are registered and subject to Ofsted inspections**

Free childcare and early learning for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

The government provides free early learning to 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Eligible 2 year olds are entitled to free childcare and early learning. This depends on your family income or the child’s circumstances. Read more….

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to childcare and early education.  This entitlement is up to 15 hours at a registered childcare provider. Read more…..

30 hours extended entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds (from Sept 2017) working families will be able to get an additional 15 hours of free childcare and early education. Read more....

Support with childcare costs

Childcare Choices - the new government website launched in April 2017 bringing together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time.

To find out more about new and existing offers, and how they can help you, visit the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities

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