Children and families

Childcare in York

Childcare for key workers during coronavirus

The Family Information Service (FIS) is working hard to keep up to date information on the availability of childcare and offer a 'childcare brokerage service' to help key workers find childcare during coronavirus.

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If you cannot keep your children at home whilst you work, they will be prioritised for childcare if:

  • your work is critical to the coronavirus response
  • you work in a critical sector, as identified by the government

If you think you're a key worker confirm with your employer (based on business continuity plans) that your role is necessary, for the continuation of essential public services.

There's lots of options available when choosing childcare:

  • childminders
  • day nurseries
  • nursery schools
  • pre-schools and playgroups
  • before and after school or 'out of school' care
  • nannies and au pairs
  • babysitting

Access further information about childcare options and search for local childcare providers (YorOK).

Funded or reduced cost childcare

You may be eligible for funded childcare for your 2 year old, depending on your circumstances.

Application forms are available:

See further advice on reducing your childcare bill and funded nursery places for two, three and four year olds (YorOK).

Childcare for disabled children

All childcare should welcome and include disabled children, however some childcare settings provide specialist services for them.

Access further information about childcare choices for children with SEN and disabilities (YorOK).

Children's centres

Children's centres are places where parents, carers or families with children under 5 years old can go and use play facilities, join in groups and receive support.

Also see

Family Information Service

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 554444