Choosing childcare

Choosing childcare is a big step for you and your child, and we want to make it as easy as possible to find the right childcare provider to suit your family needs.

  • Visit a selection of providers to give you an idea of what is best for your child;
  • Visit during opening hours to see if the children and childcarers are calm, happy and busy;
  • Ask for a trial session before signing a contract.

Childcare providers are Ofsted registered, unless they do not require registration.

Most providers are inspected by Ofsted who check they are meeting the requirements for safety, learning and development. If not, the provider will be told how to improve and when they need to improve by.

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

All childcare providers will have a SEND policy and should make reasonable adjustments to care for a child or young person with SEND. Many childcare providers will also have some form of SEND training.

You may need to consider your child’s medical needs or look for a childcare provider with specialist training. You will need to think about whether your child carer will need specialist training or equipment. Often carers need specific training to give medication.

If you have been shown how to give medication to your child by your doctor, nurse or health visitor, you can ask the same person to give this training to your child’s new carer.

Some early years settings and childminders in Warwickshire have a WIncKS Award. The name WIncKS stands for Warwickshire Inclusion Kite marking Scheme. The award recognises high quality SEND provision. Nurseries or childminders need to have a good or outstanding Ofsted rating to get a WIncKS award.

Here are the current WIncKS award winners:

  • Abbey Fields Nursery and Out of School Care
  • Acorn Wood Day Nursery
  • Alcester Nursery
  • Ashleigh Nursery School
  • Atherstone Nursery School
  • Bedworth Heath Nursery School & Early Years Teaching Centre
  • Bermuda Park Nursery
  • Bizzy Tots, Clifton Rd, Rugby
  • Broad Street – Cygnets Education & Childcare
  • Claverdon Village Nursery and Pre-school
  • Deborah Morley, Childminder
  • Ettington Preschool Ltd
  • Greenfields Nursery
  • Humpty Dumpty, Rugby
  • Jackie Redgrave, Childminder
  • Karen Chetwynd, Childminder
  • KCP, Rugby
  • Kineton Playgroup
  • Kingsbury 1st Pre-School
  • Little Crackers at Princethorpe College
  • Little Crofters, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Little Gregs Pre School
  • Little Learners
  • Little Willows, Leamington Spa
  • Merrydays and Henley Montessori School
  • Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool
  • Puddleducks
  • Saplings Pre School at Friends of Woodloes Primary School
  • Shipston Pre-School
  • Squirrels, Rugby
  • St. Matthews Bloxham Nursery, Rugby
  • Stockingford Early Years Centre and Library
  • The Purple Playhouse
  • The Willow Tree Nursery School
  • Tiny Toes, Rugby
  • Warwick Nursery School
  • Weddington Pre-School, Nuneaton
  • Westgate Preschool
  • Willow Brooke Day Nursery
  • Woodlands Pre-School

There is additional support and guidance available: