There are many different types of registered and non-registered childcare available so it's important to think ahead about what type would be best for you. Before you make your final decision it is advisable to look at several local options to get an idea of what's available.
Surrey Family Information Service hold details of registered childcare in Surrey. We receive this information from Ofsted and it is updated regularly to ensure that it is accurate and up to date.
You can search for childcare providers in your area on our Childcare finder.
Additionally you can request childcare information by:
If you can't find the report you want, ask your childcare provider if you can read their paper copy.
Children are entitled to free early years provision the term after their third birthday until they either, start in a reception class at a local authority maintained school or reach compulsory school age, which is the school term after their fifth birthday.
The free entitlement offers children up to 15 hours of free early years provision a week for 38 weeks a year.
Depending on your family's circumstances you may be able to claim Free early education for two year olds if your childcare provider is registered to offer the funding.
It's never too early to start thinking about whether or not you might want your child to go to nursery, pre school or playgroup. You may want to start visiting different types of childcare provider and speaking to them about when the best time might be to put your child's name down.
Paying for childcare can be expensive but there are a number of ways you can reduce the costs. Many families are eligible for some financial assistance through child tax credit and working tax credit. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances.
You may also be able to get financial help with childcare in the form of childcare vouchers through your employer. Depending on the organisation you work for childcare vouchers can be offered to you as part of a flexible benefit scheme, a salary conversion option or directly as a benefit.