Choosing and arranging childcare

Information and services

Help and advice on choosing childcare

What to consider when choosing childcare and checks to make before your first visit

Childcare contracts and interviewing

What you should include in your childcare contract

Childcare retainer fees and deposits

Find out about childcare retainer fees (or deposits) which you may have to pay to reserve your childcare place

Parents' questions for childminders

About the childminder, registration and paperwork, paying the fees, caring for your child and more

Childcare finder

Search for local childcare information quickly and easily with our online tool