With good quality childcare your children will learn, develop and play alongside other children and will benefit them, and the whole family, for years to come. Knowing that your children are well cared for gives you the opportunity to work, train, meet olther parents or simply to have a break.
Finding childcare that's best both for you and for your child will depend on many things, including your budget and your child's individual needs. As a parent you need peace of mind that your child is safe, happy and being well cared for.
In Gloucestershire, there are many providers of early learning and childcare for children, including out of school clubs and holiday playschemes for school age children.
To the right of this page you will see the different types of childcare available. If you know which you are looking for, simply click on the relevant button and this will bring up a list of all of the childcare providers of that type. You can then customise the search by putting your post code into the search section at the top of the page. This will give you a list in distance order and also provide the results on a map.
If you are unsure which type of childcare provision you are looking for, you may wish to read our booklet "Guide to Childcare Options" which is available in the Downloads on the right of this page. If you wish to see all providers nearest you, you can click "view all services" to see a list. Entering your postcode into the search area this will customise it to that address.
You may also find the downloads on the right hand side helpful when making your choices. If you have difficulty or would like more information, you can contact the Family Information Service on 01452 427362 from 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.
If you are interested in becoming a registered childminder, information is available by clicking here.
Early years funded free entitlements for 2, 3 & 4 year olds
Children aged 2, 3 and 4 are entitled to free early education and childcare. For 2 year olds, this is based on your child’s circumstances or family income. All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to a universal entitlement of 570 hours (maximum of 15 hours a week). Eligible 3 & 4 year olds are also entitled to an extended entitlement of an additional 570 hours, (a maximum total of 30 hours a week).
Find out more about the early years funded free entitlements below:
Childcare Funding - Information on Funding which may be available
Childcare Choices - Information for parents on tax free childcare and extended 30 hours entitlement.
Free Childcare for 2,3 & 4 year olds - Information for parents on free childcare for 2,3 & 4 year olds.
Achieving 2 year olds - Information on Achieving 2 year old funding
Early Years funding for children with SEND - Information on funding available
Information for Practitioners - information for practitioners and childcare providers, including details on nursery funding