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Childcare and Early Years

This page will direct you to related pages on our site, which provide specific information about childcare funding, Ofsted, childcare listings for children with SEND and the different types of childcare available to you.

The Family Information Service is the official source for details about Ofsted registered childcare providers.

If you see an orange LO flash next to a provider in our listings, it means that they have answered specific questions relating to inclusion within their setting and can facilitate children with SEND.

All childcare providers should be inclusive, therefore, try speaking to some of them about your child’s needs to see how they can best meet them. From these discussions, you can determine which setting will be most suitable.

You will be able to find details about

  • Childminders
  • Day nurseries
  • Pre-school playgroups
  • School nursery units / classes
  • Maintained nurseries
  • Breakfast clubs / after school clubs
  • Holiday schemes

Two year old funding for eligible families.

30 hours free childcare for eligible working families.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.  It inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.  Ofsted visits childcare providers who are registered with it to ensure that the education and safety of children is being well managed.  Outcomes of these inspections and the grades allocated to a childcare provider can be viewed on the Ofsted website.

Help with finding and paying for childcare

Trying to find childcare can be a daunting experience for a parent.  After all, what does make a good childcare provider? How do you know your child will be safe and happy?  To help answer these and many other questions you might have, the Family and Childcare Trust have created a step-by-step guide on finding childcare. 

The cost may also be a factor when considering childcare.  Depending on your child’s age and your financial circumstances, there may be support available.  View our list of funding options to see if you are eligible.

The different types of childcare

Do you know a ‘nursery’ from a ‘pre-school’?  Ever heard of a ‘breakfast club’? The type of childcare is another important factor when trying to choose a setting, as with each one you have to consider the learning environment, the age range it works with and the opening hours. 

To help you decide the best fit for you, useful explanations can be found on the Pacey and Pre-school Learning Alliance websites.

Children with special educational needs and disabilities

If you have a child with SEND (special educational need or disability), you may be interested in looking at childcare listings that have been given the orange ‘LO flash'. This symbol represents the Local Offer – a publication of all the provision available to young people (0-25) who have SEN or a disability. If you see it next to a provider in our listings, it means that they have answered specific questions relating to inclusion within their setting and can facilitate children with SEND.

All childcare providers should be inclusive, therefore, try speaking to some of them about your child’s needs to see how they can best meet them. From these discussions, you can determine which setting will be most suitable.

Early years foundation stage practitioners and childcare workers

We have a section on this website dedicated to those who are early years foundation stage practitioners and childcare professionals.  The content, which has been gathered by Cornwall Council’s Education and Early Years Service, offers business support, information about training, latest updates and much more.

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