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All three and four year-olds, (and
some two year-olds), are entitled to 15 hours a week
of free early education.
Who provides childcare?
For younger children, baby and toddler groups can help give a great
start to their education.
Choosing the right type of childcare
Use the Family
Information Service to make a list of local
childcare providers and have a list of questions ready to ask when you
Many childcare providers have waiting lists for places.
Parents returning to work should consider their childcare
options before birth or adopting.
Find out more about the childcare element of working tax credits on
GOV.UK. Download information about Childcare
Vouchers (pdf 29KB)
Medway Family Information Service (FIS) has
childcare contact details, opening hours, age restrictions,
parking facilities and costs. Registered child carers are regularly
checked by Ofsted for safety and standards. Visit the
Information Service directory.