This booklet is a guide for parents and carers of children and young people in Surrey on how to choose childcare and early education.
Whether you're returning to work, extending your working hours or you just want to prepare your child for school, there are a number of childcare options to meet your needs. Finding, choosing and paying for childcare can be both challenging and confusing, so we've created this booklet to make the process as easy for you as possible.
It contains information and advice to help you make the choices that are best for you and your child. The booklet also includes links to further information about the subjects covered as well as contact details for other services and organisations. These were correct when the booklet was updated in March 2018.
You can read it online or print off a copy by downloading the file at the bottom of this page.
Files available to download
Helping you choose childcare booklet (PDF)
Information for families about choosing, finding and paying for childcare
Checklist - childminder (PDF)
Questions to ask and what to look out for when visiting a childminder
Checklist - nurseries and pre school playgroups (PDF)
Questions to ask and what to look out for when visiting a nursery or pre school playgroup
Checklist - breakfast clubs, after schools clubs and holiday playschemes (PDF)
Questions to ask and what to look out for when visiting a breakfast club, after school club or holiday playscheme