Childcare and leisure

Childcare options

There are different kinds of childcare like childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and nannies. For older children there are also breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday playschemes. Other childcare includes au pairs, crèches and babysitters. Some childcare providers are registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and have to meet quality and safety standards.

For childcare providers and services for families in your area:

Advice and information when choosing childcare:

Factsheet – Your guide to choosing childcare (Adobe PDF)

Questions to ask childcare providers (Adobe PDF)

Help to pay

There is help with the costs of childcare for some families:

See our factsheet on Financial help for families (Word)

Childcare for children with additional needs

Childcarers should have an equality and inclusion policy and should be happy to discuss your child and their needs.

East Sussex County Council offer training and support to childcare providers to help them meet the needs of children with additional needs.

Childcarers can apply for funds to help them with the additional costs of meeting the needs of children 0 to 18 with additional needs.

There are also specialist after school and holiday playschemes for children with additional needs.

Disabled children may receive childcare support as part of a support plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan. Children who have 'direct payments' may use them for childcare. For more information contact Childrens Disability Services

Activities and leisure for children and young people

Find ideas for your leisure time at;

Many activities and leisure services provide for children with special educational needs or disabilities and will be happy to discuss your child's needs.

The i-go card helps children and young people with special needs and disabilities aged 0 to 25 to access leisure activities.

There are also short breaks, activities and respite care for children and young people with disabilities.