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Childcare

Information on the different sorts of childcare available and how to access them.
Childminders
A childminder is anyone who works at home caring for other people's children under 18 years of age – usually while the parent works or is at college.
Help with childcare costs
Find out about the 15 hours free early education entitlement for two-year-olds and other schemes for working parents and students.
Leaving a child alone
There is no law which states the minimum age that a child can be left alone – but it is an offence to leave a child alone when doing so puts the child at risk.
Nannies, registered home carers and au pairs
Nannies, registered home carers and au pairs provide care for your children in your own home.
Babysitting
Babysitters are not 'registered' and we don't hold lists of people.

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Daycare
Get advice on choosing daycare and what happens when your child starts in daycare.
Nursery schools
Find out about our nursery schools and when to apply for a place.
Primary schools
A list of primary school in the borough and their contact details