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Childcare and Early Learning

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High quality childcare can give your child a better start in life. It can also give you the freedom to return to work or education or simply to take a break from your everyday routine, safe in the knowledge that your child is in good hands and a stimulating environment.

There are many different types of childcare available, each of which offers different advantages and flexibility. You’ll need to work out what suits you and your family’s needs best, based on the hours you work, your budget and where you live.

Important Information about Childcare in Sandwell

Childcare providers have been asked to keep their information on this website up to date. However, we cannot guarantee this so please contact providers for their most up to date information.

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) services may have changed the way they are delivered, reducing opening times or limiting face to face contact.

Please contact service providers directly if you have any questions about availability and accessibility.

Local Restrictions Guidance

Home Learning Resources

Information for parents and carers: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Useful advice and information

Choosing Childcare

Finding good quality childcare can be a difficult task for parents. There are lots of things to look out for and to remember to ask when you visit a childcare setting. How do you know if your child will be happy? Will they cater for More…

Childcare and Child Development

There are many childcare options available, some may even be free if you are eligible From childminders to day nurseries, breakfast clubs to preschool playgroups, your child can benefit from childcare, including school readiness. See below to uncover some of the key benefits of childcare More…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Children who have disabilities and their families are entitled to good quality, affordable, flexible childcare, just like any other child or family.  Choosing the right childcare can be a difficult decision for every parent, particularly if your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND). More…

Free Childcare for 2 year olds

Free childcare is available for eligible 2 year olds, for 15 hours a week during term time. Your child will have the chance to have fun, play, learn socialise and make new friends. If your child is eligible, they can take up a place at More…

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - 15 hours (Universal Entitlement)

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of free childcare a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year). Your child can normally access this from the term after their third birthday. Free childcare is More…

Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - 30 hours (Extended Entitlement)

Working parents with 3 and 4 year old children may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of flexible free childcare giving them 30 hours childcare a week for at least 38 weeks a year (1140 hours a year).  Free childcare is an More…

Holiday Childcare

Finding suitable, affordable childcare during school holidays can be a challenge. Many  playschemes and childminders are open, and there are usually lots of activities to keep the kids busy. Choosing the right option for your family can take time. It may be that you have More…

Holiday Activities and Food

Sandwell Council support for children entitled to free school meals during school holidays 2021. Holiday clubs taking part in the Holiday Activities and Food programme will provide a healthy meal and a range of play activities for school aged children during Easter, Summer, October Half Term and More…

Help paying for your childcare

You can get help with paying for childcare if it's provided by an Ofsted Registered provider. To find out what options are available to you the best place to start is Childcare Choices  Use the Childcare Calculator to work out what help you can get with More…

Childcare Brokerage Service

Finding the right childcare for your family is really important. Understanding what different childcare options are available, how much they charge, what their Ofsted report means, these things may feel a bit daunting, especially if you are a new parent. Sandwell Family Information Service Brokerage More…