Finding childcare

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


  1. Find an Ofsted inspection report

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

  2. Find free early education and childcare

    Check if your council offers free early education and childcare

  3. Find a nursery school place

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

  1. 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

  2. Find before and after school and holiday clubs

    Ask your council about before and after school clubs and holiday play schemes run by a school, private or voluntary organisation

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Unpaid parental leave

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

  2. Find a Sure Start Children's Centre

    Search for Sure Start Children's Centres near to your home to find out about daycare and parenting advice

  3. Employing someone to work in your home

    The employment status of au pairs, nannies, carers, personal assistants and other people who work in your home - how to tell if they're an employee or not, what happens with the National Minimum Wage, tax and National Insurance, what happens if you get direct payments for care in your home


  1. 30 hours free childcare: summer term 2018

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  2. Extended services evaluation: end of year 1 report

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  3. Extended services in practice: summary of evaluation evidence for headteachers

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  4. Extended services evaluation: the role of local authorities - thematic review

    • Department for Education
    • Research
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