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24 hours of free childcare for 0 to 8 year olds

Is your child 0-8 years?

The Short Breaks Service will pay for an introductory 24 hours childminding free. This is an opportunity for you and the childminder to start building a long-term supportive relationship for your child.

A registered childminder is a person who looks after children in the childminder’s own home.

To search for a registered childminder with SEND training and experience, go to: Childminders with SEND experience.

Contact the childminder to see if they can accommodate your child’s individual needs along with the hours and days you are looking for.

Once you have found someone who meets your needs, call the Short Breaks team. They will organise payment of the first 24 hours with the childminder. After you have used the 24 hours free It will be up to you to pay for the childcare. Please see the other drop downs on this page to see if there is other help for you to continue with the childminder.

Points to remember

• Your family/child must be registered with Short Breaks to use this service

• Your child must meet level of need pathway 2 or 3

• Once the 24 hours introductory offer is over, it is your responsibility to continue paying for the service.

For more information or to discuss organising your childminding, please call the Short Breaks team on 020 8583 3636.