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Choosing what's best

All children under the age of 8 needing childcare for more than two hours a day should be with a provider registered with Ofsted unless the care is provided by a close family member.

Before you enrol your child visit potential places with your child while other children are there.

Think about the times you will need childcare, the costs, support you may get with the cost and what you can afford, the best location to avoid tiring journeys for yourself and your child and whether your child has dietary, physical, special, religious or cultural needs which need to be accommodated.

Remember you are looking for a warm welcome, a combination of care and education, enthusiastic adults, good resources and an approach that will meet the needs of your child.

Your choices

To search for childcare in your area please visit our Parent Portal: Family Information Service (opens new window).

To search for information on getting help with your childcare costs, visit the government's Childcare Choices website (opens new window).

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