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Choosing childcare

Get the right childcare for you and your family.

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Help with childcare costs

Information on applying for tax credits, childcare vouchers and more. 

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Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

See if your child is eligible for free early years pre-school education.

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Childminders look after your child in their own home.

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Nursery schools and classes

Early education for 3 and 4 year olds.

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Pre-school playgroups

Term-time sessions for 2-5 year olds in the morning and/or afternoon.

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Holiday clubs

For childcare during school holiday periods.

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Private day nursery

Privately run childcare from about 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Breakfast and after school
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Breakfast and after school clubs

Childcare before and after school.

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Home based childcare

Nannies and au pairs who provide childcare in your own home.

Nursery units of independent
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Nursery units of independent schools

Nurseries who feed into the school's reception class.

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Training for professionals working with children

Training courses for child carers in the borough.

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Careers in childcare

Find out how you can work in childcare.

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Meeting local childcare needs

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is an assessment of childcare provision in the borough.


Other services

  • ​​​​​​​​​Policies and strategies - the way services are run and developed and decisions made are guided by a number of policy documents and strategies.

Did you know?

​You can register and log in to our Parent Portal where you can:

  • Check if you're eligible and apply for a 2-year-old funded childcare place.
  • Check if you're eligible for a funded 30-hour place and select a placement with a childcare provider.
  • Apply for a school place.
  • View existing applications and more.

Sign in or register for Parent Portal