There are lots of different 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

You can read more information about the various childcare options available and search for local childcare providers on the YorOK website.

Free or reduced cost childcare

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for free childcare for your two year old.

Application forms for childcare are available online, in your local children’s centres, GP surgeries and childcare settings.

For further information on free nursery places for two, three and four year olds, plus help and advice on paying for childcare, please visit the YorOK website.

Childcare for disabled children

If you have a disabled child, there are lots of different types of childcare to choose from. Some families use informal childcare, such as other family members, friends or neighbours. However, you may also find that you need to make more formal childcare arrangements. Some childcare settings provide specialist services for disabled children, however all childcare should welcome and include disabled children.

Further information is available on the YorkOK website.

Children's centres

Children's Centres are places where children under 5 years old and their families can go to get services in their local area. Further information is available at Children's Centres.

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