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With good quality childcare your children will learn, develop and play alongside other children which 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 other 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 left of this page you will see the different types of childcare available.  If you know which you are looking for, simply click on the first search box and select the relevant childcare option from the drop down options, then enter your postcode within the Place/ postcode seach. This will bring up a list of all of the childcare providers of that type in a list of distance order. Alternatively, the search results can be viewed upon a map.

If you are unsure which type of childcare provision you are looking for, you may wish to read our Guide to Childcare Options which is available via the link on the left of this page.  If you wish to see all providers nearest you, you can click "View All Listings” to see a list.  Entering your postcode into the search area will customise it to that address.

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 funded 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 below:

Help with childcare costs- Find out what help you could get with your childcare costs.

Childcare Funding - Information on Funding which may be available

30 hour Entilement -Childcare Choices - Information for parents on tax free childcare and extended 30 hours entitlement.

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


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