We have lots of childcare options in Bournemouth, including childminders, pre-school, day nursery and out-of-school care.

Children's Information Service

Free, impartial, information and guidance on early years education and child care in Bournemouth

Choose Your Childcare

There are different types of childcare available in Bournemouth. They are childminders, pre-schools, day nurseries and out-of-school.

Early Education Funding for Two Year Olds

Two year old funding works the same as Early Education Funding for three and four year olds but is currently only available to certain two year olds.

Early Education Funding for Three & Four Year Olds

Early Education Funding ensures that all three and four year olds benefit from quality early years education.

30 Hours Free Childcare

Information for parents about the 30 hours free childcare being launched in September 2017.

Help with Childcare Costs

You can get additional help for you child's childcare by applying for tax credits, childcare vouchers and tax free childcare.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium and the online checker tool to see if your childcare setting can claim this additional funding.

Early Years Handbook

Early Years Handbook a guide to services for under fives in Bournemouth

Handy Childcare Checklist

Here you will find a handy checklist of things to look out for and questions to ask when you are looking for childcare.

Integrated Review at Two

Integrated Review at Two Information for Parents and Careers

Becoming a Childminder or Setting up A Childcare Business

Information on starting a childcare business or becoming a childminder in Bournemouth including briefing sessions or home visits.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is how the Government and Early Years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth to five.


Ofsted stands for the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.


Home visits for children under five with special educational needs and/or a disability

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

Our assessment of the childcare provision in Bournemouth

Early Education Funding Forms

A page for early years practitioners to access all of the current Early Education Funding Forms



Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

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