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Childcare in your local area

Childcare in your local area

The National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) is a registered charity that supports, links and promotes Family Information Services (FIS) in Great Britain. NAFIS represents a network of quality Family Information Services across England, Wales & Scotland.

NFIS are a useful resource for families, ensuring that they have reliable information about childcare in their local area, someone they can speak to about their childcare needs and access to extra support to find and take up the right childcare. Find out more at:

For Government information see

Your Local Authority’s Education Service should also have information on:

  • Nursery Schools for 3-5 year olds
  • Free part - time school and local nursery places for 3- 4 year olds - normally 15 hours per week in school term time.
    From September 2017, parents who are working and earning on average at least £120 per week will be able to apply for an additional 570 hours of free childcare each year. Children may also be eligible if a parent is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or unable to work due to a disability or caring responsibilities and local provision is available.
  • Some 2 year olds will be eligible for 15 hours.  
    Two year old children are only entitled to free childcare in England when a child meets one of the following criteria:  
    • They are eligible for free school meals
    • Their family receives Working Tax Credits or universal credit and has an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year
    • They have a current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care plan
    • They are entitled to Disability Living Allowance
    • They are looked after by a local authority
    • They are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order which specifies with whom the child lives.​
  • This free provision (both 15 and 30 hours) can be used flexibly with more than one provider - schools, childminders, private nurseries and afterschool clubs can choose to participate. The weekly hours can be converted into annual hours if not using a term time only provider (so 15 hours over 38 weeks could be 540 hours annually and 30 hours over 38 weeks could be 1140 hours annually).
  • To apply for this free provision see
  • Compulsory schooling from age 5 years For more information on applying for a school place see

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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