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Choosing childcare for your child can seem a daunting task and many don't know where to start. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is safe and happy in an environment that is fun, educational, and caring.

In this section you can search for, and view all of the different types of registered childcare within Nottinghamshire. The information we hold about registered childcare is received direct from Ofsted on a daily basis.

After School Club

After school clubs provide a safe environment for your child when school closes at the end of the day. Most afterschool clubs are open until 6:00pm. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast clubs give children the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast in a safe environment before their first class. Attendance of a breakfast club is not mandatory. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.  


Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals working in their own home. Childminders can usually care for a maximum of six children under the age of 8 years, and are inspected and regulated by Ofsted. Each Childminder may offer different opening times and many can be flexible to cater for your requirements by sometimes offering childcare into the evening or even overnight care. Many childminders can offer free childcare places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds.


A crèche is a facility that provides occasional care for children under eight for no more than two hours per day. Crèche’s are sometimes located in order to support parents accessing training, or learning in their community.

Day Nursery

Day nurseries provide full day care for children aged 0-5 years. Each nursery will have separate rooms for the different age groups of children, which will contain age appropriate toys, and equipment. Day nurseries are registered and inspected by Ofsted. Day nurseries offer free childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Holiday Club

Holiday clubs cater for school age children during the school holidays and provide a safe, stimulating and fun environment for your child to be. Many holiday clubs are school run within the school site, or run by external organisations either on, or away from the school premises.

Pre-School Playgroup

Pre-school playgroups offer free sessional childcare for 2 to 5 years and will prepare your child for starting school. Pre-school playgroups are inspected and regulated by Ofsted.


If you would like to speak to an advisor for further information about the different types of childcare available please telephone our helpline on 0300 500 80 80


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