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Help choosing childcare

When choosing childcare and an early education setting consider your family situation and main reason for needing childcare including:

  • Your child's age 
  • Sibling's schooling arrangements (location, finish times)
  • Your family's jobs/study (flexibility, location and travel times)
  • Any support you have from family and friends
  • Your financial situation (remember you may be able to get help with childcare costs)

A combination of childcare may suit you best (using a childminder and a private day nursery or preschool playgroup).

The different types of childcare are shown below.

0-5 years

If you are looking for a childcare provision for a child aged 0-5 years please see the links below for a list of each type of childcare.

2-5 years

If you are looking for a childcare provision for a child aged between 3-5 years please see the links below for the different types of childcare. Free early education is available for eligible 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week term time. Eligible 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 30 hours per week term time.

5 years +

If you are looking for out of school care or holiday care please see the following types of childcare.

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