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From birth through to adulthood, education is vital for the development of children and young people and many continue to learn beyond the compulsory school age requirements.

Some children may start their learning earlier if parents/carers decide to access early education and childcare. Find information on childcare provision in the relevant section in the tiles below, or in the list of categories on the right hand side of this page.

Tip: Use the category buttons to find information about individual schools, colleges and learning providers. An interactive map is available in your search results that can show you which ones are nearest to your home. 

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Under 5s groups

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15 hours free early learning for 2 year olds

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  15 hours free early learning for 3 & 4 year olds

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Additional 15 hours free early learning for 3 & 4 year olds

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  Applying for a place: School admissions

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Choosing childcare

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Apply for Free School Meals

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After school and breakfast clubs

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Ofsted

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Paying for childcare

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Childcare vacancies and reception

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  Tax free childcare

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  Becoming a Childminder

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  Working in early years

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Choosing childcare for children with Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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Early Intervention Service team (formerly shortbreaks)

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Durham toolkit: remote learning tips for parents

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Providers offering funded places

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Family Hubs

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Choosing childcare for parents and grandparents

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Family Information Service newsletters



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