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Become a childcare provider


The council must make sure there is enough local childcare available to parents and carers who work or study. It must help and support the development of local childcare to make it flexible and suitable to the needs of the community.

The childcare sufficiency assessment also highlights childcare needs for certain groups of people such as: 

  • low-income families 
  • black and minority ethnic families f
  • gypsy, roma and traveller communities 
  • families with disabled children or disabled parents 
  • families living in rural or inaccessible areas 
  • armed forces families 

Childcare sufficiency assessment 2023 (PDF, 2MB)

If you want to set up a business which pays you to look after children, you can find information and support from these trusted organisations.

Existing childcare providers

The council’s Families First Information Service can promote your services to parents and carers on the FFIS directory and over the phone. The necessary checks will be carried out before adding information.

Offering funded places

If you’d like to offer funded places for 2, 3 and 4 years you should read the GOV.UK statutory guidance . You can contact the Families First Information Service for a discussion before you email the Early Years Entitlement team to register.