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Early years and childcare

children playing in a nursery

Find out where your nearest Children’s Centres and childcare provision are, what they do and how to apply for free childcare places.

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  • School readiness  

    Help your child become 'school ready'

  • Children's centre update  

    Find out more about changes to some local children's centres

  • Funded childcare places 

    All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 570 hours per year of funded early education and childcare.

  • Early learning and childcare service 

    Information and resources for childcare providers and professionals, day nurseries and preschools.

  • Children's Centres 

    Children's Centres are local centres that offer help and support to families with babies and children until they go to school. Find out what activities are at your local Children's Centre.

  • Family Information Directory 

    Our Family Information Directory (FID) provides information on many useful local organisations and activities where you live.

  • Specialist teaching services 

    Information for staff that work with children with special education needs, their families, early years providers and schools.


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