Childcare and Childcare Funding

How to get in touch

You can contact us online, or call 01273 293545 to speak to an adviser.

If you have concerns about a child being at risk of harm, you should call the Front Door For Families on 01273 290400.


Finding childcare

You can search for all local Ofsted registered childcare on our online directory

For information on how to find or become an At Home Childcarer, providing emergency, ad-hoc and ongoing childcare from our At Home Childcare Service

If you need extra support to find childcare, contact us.

Childcare Funding

Find out how you can save money on your childcare bills  (PDF 232KB)

You can also look at the different funding options and who is eligible (PDF 186KB)

The Government's Childcare Choices website is easy to use. You can enter your personal circumstances and find out what funding you are entitled to. It will also link you to pages where you can apply for funding.

Tax Free Childcare

Download our Tax Free Childcare factsheet (PDF 275KB) to find out more.

Free Childcare for Two Year Olds

Some two year olds are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare, spread across the year. Find out more about the funding or apply using the online form

Free Early Learning for Three and Four Year Olds and 30 Hours Childcare

All children receive 570 hours of free early learning, spread across the year, from the term after their third birthday.  

Working parents can now get up to 30 hours of free childcare per week, including the 15 hours per week that all three and four year olds are entitled to.

Download our Funded Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds factsheet (PDF 359KB) to find out more.

Foster carers  (PDF 168KB) may also be eligible for 30 hours childcare for the child/ren they foster.

Additional funding for children with SEND

Information on funding for children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), who are attending childcare settings, is available in the Family Service Directory.