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This directory contains details of all Ofsted registered childcare in the city. You can search by the type of childcare you are looking for and in which part of the city. You can also narrow your search by using the filters. 

Need extra support to find childcare?
Some parents need a helping hand to find the right care for their child. This could be for many reasons, perhaps your child has a disability, or you work unsocial hours? You might have searched on this directory, but still can’t find what you are looking for. If you do need help, our Childcare Brokerage Officer can lend a hand. You can either call our helpline on 01273 293545, or email us at with your request.

Free childcare for two year olds
Some two year olds are now entitled to up to 570 hours of free childcare over the year. This is good news for twos as it helps them learn through play and meet lots of new friends their own age. Find out more about free childcare for two year olds and whether you are eligible.
Two year olds places are available at Nurseries, pre-schools and some childminders. Search for childcare settings that offer free places.

Universal entitlement for all three and four year olds
All three and four year olds are entitled to free childcare from the term after their third birthday. Parents are entitled to up to 570 hours of free childcare over the year. There’s no need to apply, just speak to your chosen childcare provider about availability.

Extended entitlement (30 hours free childcare)
This is for working parents of three and four year olds and doubles the existing universal entitlement of 570 hours per year. Children are eligible from the term after their third birthday. It is important that you apply online the term before your child is eligible as if you apply any later, your child will have to wait until the start of the following term before they can start in a place.
Download our factsheet here

Free Early Learning is offered at a wide range of nurseries and pre-schools and by some childminders. Search for childcare settings that offer free early learning now.

At Home Childcare Service
If you would prefer childcare in your home, then the At Home Childcare Service  may meet your needs.  At Home Childcarers are registered with Ofsted, DBS  (CRB) checked and have a childcare qualification. All of the At Home Carers listed on our directory are also insured and have a current paediatric first aid certificate. You can search  our directory for an At Home Childcarer, or contact us if you need some help.

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