Useful childcare organisations

Useful childcare organisations

There are lots of useful organisations that can support you with finding childcare and the cost of childcare.

Contacting organisations to ask for advice can sometimes feel like too much. If you feel overwhelmed, ask a family member or friend to support you with getting the help you need.

Carers Trust

Carers Trust provides support, information, advice and services for people caring at home for a family member or friend. You can find details for UK offices and search for local support on the website.

Family Information Services

In England, Scotland and Wales, your local Family Information Service (sometimes called Childcare Information Service) can provide information about registered childcare providers in your area. This includes childminders, nurseries, out-of-school and holiday clubs, pre-schools and children's leisure activities. It may also be able to provide information about unregistered childcare, such as nannies or parent-and-toddler groups.

Below are contact details for:

Family Support Northern Ireland

The Family Support Northern Ireland website provides details of a wide range of services and organisations that support families. It also has details of registered childcare providers in Northern Ireland.

Government websites

Government websites have information about public services, including advice on choosing childcare, childcare benefits and flexible working schemes. There are different websites for England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland.

The government’s Childcare Choices website also has information about support with childcare costs.

Home-Start UK

Home-Start provides free support, practical help and reassurance to families across the UK. This includes helping families access local services.

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

PACEY works with registered childminders, nannies and organisations such as local and national government, to ensure families have access to high-quality, home-based childcare, play, learning and family support in England and Wales.

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Help getting childcare

You may find it hard to care for your children as you would like to. Try not to feel guilty about asking for help.