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Early years and childcare

In this section you will find information about early years, childcare and early help services if you have children aged from birth up to five years.

There is a wide range of services across the county including:

  • activities for under fives and parent support groups in and around children's centres
  • free early years education for two, three or four year old children - find out how to get a place
  • different types of childcare that might suit your family - see hints and tips on what to look for and how to make your choice.

 To find services near you, search our  family information directory .

If you need more help you can contact our Families Information Service email or tel: 01629 535793.

Childminders and childcare providers

If you are a childminder or childcare provider, or interested in becoming one, there is more information about the support we can offer in our childcare business and support section.

If you are a parent or carer, you can use our search to find childcare and free early years places.


Find out about free Bookstart packs in library services for babies and toddlers.