Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), We have created a page with Childcare information for people identified as a key workers

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Find Childcare

Search for childcare places in Bournemouth including childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools and out of school care

Types of childcare

There are different types of childcare available to suit different needs.

Paying for childcare

Find out if you are entitled to help to pay for childcare.


Choose high quality childcare to help ensure that your child's needs are met by caring and professional staff.

Children's Information Service

Free, impartial, information and guidance on early years education and child care in Bournemouth.

Visit Different Childcarers To Help You Decide

When you visit different childcare settings, it can help you get a feel for the type of setting that would suit your child.

Your Child's Interests And Needs

Finding a good 'fit' for your child's personality and interests is really important when considering childcare options.

Your Needs

Things to consider to ensure your child is safe and happy in an environment that also suits your family requirements.


Make sure you have a contract which explains the cost of your childcare and any additional items you may have to pay for.

Special Educational Needs And Disability (under fives)

We help your childcare setting to support your child. We also provide a home visiting education service called Portage.

Bilingual Children

Bilingual Beginnings help parents who have young children learning English as an additional language.

Setting Up A Childcare Business

If you're planning to set up a childcare business you will have to consider a number of different things

Become A Childminder

There's a few stages to complete before you can become a childminder in Bournemouth

Childcare Business Sustainability and Sufficiency

Childcare business sustainability tools and our childcare sufficiency assessment in Bournemouth.

Getting Ready for School

Preparing children as best as you can for when they start school. Experiences children have in the early years have a huge impact on their future.