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Childcare and Early Education

Bedford Borough Family Information Service is a 'one stop' information and advice service for parents, carers, children, young people and professionals working with families. We run a freephone helpline 0800 023 2057, you can email us or complete an online enquiry form. You can also obtain information on local services and childcare by visiting our online Early Help Directory. If you prefer you can arrange to meet us face to face. 

 

If you are looking for childcare or an early education place for your child - we can help. We hold information on all registered childcare in Bedford Borough including:

 

  • Childminders - Registered childminders work in their own homes caring for other people’s children. Childminders provide full or part time care. This might be day care, before/after school and/or holiday care. Childminders are often prepared to take and collect your child from pre-school, nursery or school.
  • Day nurseries - Day nurseries offer care for children under five years old, however not all nurseries have the facility to take babies.  They provide fun and learning opportunities on a full or part-time basis and are usually open all year. 
  • Pre-schools / Playgroups - Pre-schools / playgroups are for young children to learn and play in small groups, often close to their homes. Pre-schools / playgroups provide sessional care for children aged 2½ - 5 years (some pre-schools take from 2 years), sessions are about 3 hours in a morning or afternoon during term time. Some pre-schools are now offering extended sessions or lunch clubs.
  • Local authority maintained nursery schools and classes - Local authorities provide pre-school education in the form of nursery schools and nursery classes. A nursery school is a separate school whilst a nursery class is part of an existing lower or primary school.
  • Out of schools clubs and holiday schemes - Out of school clubs and holiday schemes provide care for children outside of normal school hours to play, relax and have fun in groups.  Schemes can provide care before and after school and all day during school holidays (this will vary from one facility to the next).

 

We can help parents / carers make the right childcare choices by:

  • providing one to one support, advice and guidance on the different childcare options available to them either face to face or over the telephone
  • arranging parent / carer visits to various childcare providers
  • showing parents / carers what to look out for when choosing a suitable place for their child. 

 

We also offer a Childcare Brokerage Service to help parents and carers struggling to find suitable childcare.  This may be because they work unusual hours or may have a child with an additional need or disability. 

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