Choose Your Childcare

There are several types of childcare available in Bournemouth to suit your family.

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. 

Each type of childcare is different so try and visit several providers.  It's a good idea to take your child with you on visits to see how they respond to the surroundings.

You know your child best, so look for childcare that will suit your child and your family.

FACTS - Bournemouth's Online Childcare Directory

Our online childcare directory could help. Use it to search for local childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools and out of school childcare including breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.

The directory includes information to help you choose quality childcare including Ofsted grading and links to the latest Ofsted reports and childcare settings with current vacancies.

It also covers opening times, costs, ages catered for, contact details and further information on the facilities available and any additional services offered such as different languages spoken by staff and assistance for children with special educational needs.

Types of childcare


Childminders are self-employed and provide childcare in the childminder's own home.  They are registered with Ofsted and must work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework if they care for children under the age of five. 

Day Nurseries

Day nurseries care for babies and children up to five years old and are open all year round.  Many care for children from 8am to 6pm to help working parents.  Children can enjoy learning and playing in a group environment.


Pre-schools, also known as playgroups or nursery schools, are for children between two and five years old. They offer a range of learning, play and social activities during term-time. Pre-school sessions usually last between two-and-a-half and four hours a day, mornings or afternoons.

Out-of-school care

Out-of-school clubs are for school-aged children. They are run outside of school hours and include breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, holiday clubs and play schemes. Some out-of-school clubs offer children the choice to do educational activities, such as homework.


For further help and advice on choosing childcare in Bournemouth please contact the Children's Information Service.


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