Childcare and childcare funding

How to find childcare in Brighton & Hove and find out what childcare funding you can get.

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.

Childcare funding

Find out how you can save money on your childcare bills

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 2 year olds

Some two year olds are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare, spread across the year. Find out more and apply

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

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 3 and 4 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.

How to get in touch

Send an email to, or phone 01273 293 545 to speak to an advisor.

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