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.
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.