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.