Finding childcare

Free childcare, childminders, nursery places, Sure Start Children's Centres, before and after school holiday care.


  1. Find free early education and childcare

    Check if your council offers free early education and childcare

  2. Find an Ofsted inspection report

    Search for Ofsted inspection reports for childminders and childcare providers, schools, colleges, further education providers, children and families services

  3. Unpaid parental leave

    Employer and employee guide to unpaid parental leave - eligibility, how much leave can be taken and notice periods

  4. Find a nursery school place

    Apply for a place in a nursery school for children under 5 through your local council

  5. Find a registered childminder

    Contact your local council to find a registered childminder - Family Information Service, early years education, childcare and family support in your area

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News and communications

Research and statistics

  1. Education provision: children under 5 years of age, January 2018
  2. Take-up of free early education entitlements
  3. 30 hours free childcare: summer term 2018
  4. Extended services evaluation: end of year 1 report
  5. Extended services in practice: summary of evaluation evidence for headteachers
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