Choosing the right childcare can seem overwhelming. Our list of things to consider can help you decide what's right for you and your child.

Childcare Awards

The judges are busy considering your nominations and preparing shortlists for our Early Years Sector Childcare Awards.

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 to suit different needs.

Paying For Childcare

You could be entitled to help to pay for childcare through early education funding, 30 hours childcare, childcare vouchers or tax free childcare.

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.

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.


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


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.

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 Sufficiency Assessment

Our assessment of the childcare provision in Bournemouth

Children's Information Service

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

Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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