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Choosing childcare

Things to consider before you choose suitable childcare

A combination of childcare services may suit you best. Factors you should consider include:

Childcare options

​​​​​​​​When choosing childcare you need to decide what works best for you and your child. You can search the Family Service Directory to see a list of childcare providers.

See a list of childcare providers


The table below lists the various childcare options for children between the ages of 0-16.

Age of child

Reason for childcare

Childcare options

0-5 years

Working full or part-time
Break for parent
Stimulation for child

0-16 years

Shift working
Evening or weekend working

2-5 years

Working part-time
Break for parent
Stimulation for child

3-5 years

Free early education
(Eligible 2 year-olds and all 3 and 4 year-olds are entitled to 15 hours per week term time only.)

5 and over

Out of school care
Holiday care

Complaining about a childcare provider

If you have a complaint about a childcare provider:

  1. Discuss your concerns with them directly.
  2. If the issue cannot be resolved make a formal complaint in writing.
  3. Contact Ofsted, if your complaint is not resolved - have the details of the complaint, who you spoke to, relevant dates and any actions taken by the provider.
  4. Contact the Child Protection team if you think a child is at risk of harm from a childcare provider. If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.



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