Childcare options

Using childcare can help you juggle work, study, day to day tasks and down time. The right childcare provider will also help your child to learn, have fun and make new friends.

The following information describes different types of childcare available and the help to pay for.


Types of childcare

What is informal and registered childcare?


Finding registered childcare

To find what registered childcare is available in your area visit your local council website or call the council and ask to talk to someone from the Childcare Information Service. Friends and family may also be able to recommend childcare in your area.  


Choosing childcare

To choose the kind of childcare that is best suited to your child’s needs it is worth visiting different types.


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