Children and Early Education

Childcare Choices

Finding the right childcare setting for your baby or young child can seem overwhelming. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is safe and happy in a childcare environment that is fun, educational, and nurturing.

There are many different types of childcare to choose from including day nurseries and pre-schools to the more homely environment of a registered childminder.

It's always worth checking their latest Ofsted report to ensure that your chosen childcare provider has been awarded a Good or Outstanding grade by Ofsted. Ofsted reports can be accessed at

Early Education Funding for Two, Three and Four Year Olds

Early Education Funding is money provided by central government to ensure that all three and four year olds have access to quality early years education. This funding also applies to some two year olds.  

All funded children can have up to 570 hours of early education funding per year, with a maximum of 15 hours of funding within any one week and a maximum of 10 hours per day.

The funding begins the term after the child's second or third birthday. 

Help with Childcare Costs for Working Parents

There are schemes to help working parents with the cost of childcare such as 30 hours childcare and Tax-Free Childcare. 

Further Information and Support

For more information on finding childcare and how to apply for help with costs, please visit the childcare section of the BCP Council Website or contact the Children's Information Service.

The Children's Information Service 

We provide free, impartial information and advice on childcare, children’s centres, early education, funding and family support within Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Our friendly team are here to help you make the right choices for your family and can provide support and information on:

  • childcare available locally
  • Early Education Funding
  • help with childcare costs
  • lists of local childcare tailored to your needs
  • starting school and how to apply for a place

For a warm welcome and helpful advice, find us here or do get in touch by phone 01202 456222, email or if you prefer, come and see us.



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