There are different kinds of childcare like childminders, nurseries, preschools and nannies. For older children there are also breakfast and after school clubs and holiday playschemes. Other childcare includes au pairs and crèche. Some are registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and have to meet quality and safety standards.
Factsheet – Your guide to choosing childcare (Adobe PDF)
Find childcare and other services for families in your area:
For advice and information when choosing childcare, see:
Questions to ask childcare providers (Adobe PDF)
Help to pay
There is help with the costs of childcare for some families:
See our Financial help for families (Word)
Children with additional needs
All 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.
There are also chilcare services and support specifically for children nd young people 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' or a 'personal budget' may use them for childcare. For more information contact Childrens Disability Services