Childcare choices

Not sure about early learning or childcare choices?

Your childcare options will be different depending on the age of your child.

There is no single type of childcare that suits every family and it may be that a mix of childcare suits you.

You can find out about childcare providers near to where you live on our childcare search (opens in a new window).

More information about choosing childcare and what to look for is attached to this page.

The Family and Childcare Trust have developed a film for parents, which aims to help identify what a good childcare setting should be like. The short film, choosing a nursery - what to look out for (opens in a new window) is set in a real nursery and shows parents, staff and children describing what they like best about their childcare and what the important factors are that make it into a good quality setting.

Most childcare for children aged under eight is registered and inspected by Ofsted Early Years. You can find a provider's inspection report (opens in a new window). All Ofsted-registered providers will have a certificate - ask to see it.

If you're still not sure, contact a families information service adviser, email: or tel: 01629 535793.

Find out more about your child's entitlement to a free place and how to access it.

If your child has additional needs or a disability we can help to find childcare providers that have particular experience or training. We can help childcare settings to meet your child's needs.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

Information on other websites