When choosing childcare and an early education setting consider your family situation and main reason for needing childcare.  You may find that a combination of childcare suits you best (using a childminder and a private day nursery or preschool playgroup).

If you need further help finding childcare please email Rochdale Family information Service

Clubs, classes and tutorial sessions offer great ways for children and young people to develop their skills and confidence as well as having fun, but these services may not have to be registered with Ofsted or regulated by them. We advise that all parents considering using these services read the Safe After School Campaign advice 

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Local advice

  1. Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

    Rochdale Borough Council provides free early education places up to 15 hours per week for eligible 2 year olds from the term after their second birthday and all 3 and 4 year olds, from the term after their third birthday. Eligible 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to…
  2. 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 work/study (flexibility, location and travel times). Any support you have from family and friends. Your financial situation (remember you…
  3. Help with childcare costs

    The government has introduced ways to help parents with childcare costs.  Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. See the different types of support available below.
  4. Childcare contracts and complaints

    Before your child can attend a childcare setting, you will need to sign a contract. Signing a contract with a childcare provider is a legally binding document.
  5. Setting up a childcare business

    The information in this section will help you if you are considering opening an early years and childcare provision in Rochdale. It is here to signpost you and develop your thinking - it is not an action plan or a definitive list.
  6. Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

    Section 11 of the Childcare Act requires all local authorities to carry out an assessment of the sufficiency of childcare. This means looking at the flexibility, sustainability and responsiveness of childcare provision to meet the needs of local communities. Rochdale Council has a duty not only…