Bournemouth Council


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

Childcare Awards

Bournemouth's childcare heroes announced in the Childcare Awards 2016

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.

Children's Information Service

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

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

Early Years Pupil Premium

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

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.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

We work with you, your childcarer and other professionals to ensure everyone knows how best to support your child's Special Educational Needs

Early Years Safeguarding

Information for parents and carers regarding how they can expect their child to be kept safe whilst in an Early Years setting.


You can receive home visits from a Portage worker if your child has special educational needs or is disabled.

30 Hours Early Education Funding Survey

A parents' survey on the increase of early education funding from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

Our assessment of the childcare provision in Bournemouth

Healthy Early Years

Bournemouth Healthy Early Years is a scheme that helps childcare settings be healthy and ecologically friendly.

Bournemouth Quality Standards

Bournemouth Quality Standards (BQS) is a quality assurance scheme for day nurseries, nursery classes, pre-schools and school reception classes.

Tax Credits and Childcare Vouchers

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

Getting Ready for School

Preparing children as best as you can for when they start school. Experiences children have in the early years have a huge impact on their future.



Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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