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Childcare and Early Learning

Search for and get support, advice and information here on childcare.

You can find out about the different types of childcare available, how to choose quality childcare, how to get extra help accessing childcare and information on free childcare and help with childcare costs.

You can search for the type of childcare you need, the area you need it and find out about the costs, Ofsted grades, opening hours, vacancies and school pick ups as well as before, after school and school holiday childcare.  

Don't forget any services that has our fish icon displayed are suitable for children with disabilities and/or SEN.

Useful advice and information

Choosing Childcare

Choosing childcare is an important decision for you and your family. There are many different types of childcare settings and entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step.  It can be particularly challenging if your child has a disability or special educational need. More…

Childcare for children with special educational needs and/or disability

Children who have disabilities and their families are entitled to good quality, affordable, flexible childcare, just like any other child or family.  Find here lots of information to help you find and decide on the childcare that suits you and your child/children's needs, what childcare providers should 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 can access up 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 their free childcare from the term after their third birthday. More…

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

3 and 4 year old children whose parents are working may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of flexible free childcare entitling them to 30 hours a week for at least 38 weeks a year (1140 hours a year). Some providers will More…

Holiday Childcare

Arranging childcare through the school holidays can be a challenge however, many activities, schemes and childminders operate during this time. The change to the usual routine throws up all sorts of difficulties we don’t have to think about during the school year but help is at More…

Paying for childcare and help with childcare costs

The cost of childcare can eat up a large chunk of the family budget. Fortunately, there’s plenty of help available from the government and employers - from tax credits and tax-free childcare to free childcare. The following information provides sources of help with childcare costs. More…

Children's Centres

All you need to know about the Children Centres in Sandwell. Children's centres are the delivery mechanism for the Family Offer in Sandwell.  The aim of the service is to deliver better outcomes for children and their families. They are based on a commitment to More…
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