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Choosing Childcare

When choosing childcare you want to be sure that your child is safe, secure and happy. Finding childcare can often needs a little more consideration in regards to:

  • to environment,
  • setting and
  • experience.

This page has information on things to consider when:

  • finding childcare,
  • relevant legislation and
  • where to go for further information.

Consider what kind of childcare you want. Are looking for your child to attend a group setting or in a home setting ? To help you decide which type of childcare you might want we have a look at our childcare information page

When looking for childcare start looking as soon as possible. Don't feel under pressure to take the first provider you find. Take your time and to speak to as many providers as you can. All childcare providers and schools should offer support to a child with SEND.  

A day nursery, pre-school playgroup or school will have a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO). All childcare providers have access to training to provide care for children with disabilities or special educational needs. 

Make a shortlist of questions to ask. You can find ideas on what to ask on our Childcare Checklist. Speak to the SENCO or childminder about how:

  • they can meet your child's needs
  • will they plan for and support your child's needs.

Day nurseries and pre-school playgroups can get support to help with inclusion and development of children with SEND. The support for childcare providers include:

  • Sensory support- for children with hearing, visual impairment or physical disability needs 
  • Disability access fund - to support pre-school settings for children aged 3 to 4 who have Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Tracey and Erin's Story

Erin has been cared for by childminders Karen and Steve since she was a toddler and a strong bond has been formed with the whole family.

We hear from Tracey, Erin's mum, about just how valuable the good quality care provided has been in her daughter's development and how her childminders have been instrumental in Erin’s successful transition to school.

Tracey and Erin's story

Need further help?

If you would like to talk through your childcare options or can’t find suitable childcare that can support your child's needs, contact the Family Information Service on 020 8583 3470 or email fis@hounslow.gov.uk