On this page you can find information about childcare, children's centres and where to get support throughout your children's early years. Our childcare directory lists all registered providers in the city that you can find on this page too.
We have put this page together to help you understand your childcare options. We understand that there are a few extra things to think about when planning childcare if your child has any Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Some pieces of information such as training or attending to your child's medical needs are so important it may put you off even looking into childcare options. This is your choice as a parent and you know what is best for them. We hope that having a read of this short guide may help you understand what you are entitled to, and how we can help.
Using childcare can have huge benefits for children within their learning and development. For you as a parent using good quality childcare means you can have that time back to work, or just have a break.
To find childcare options that are available in Derby please search our Childcare Directory to find childcare near you. We hold details of all Ofsted registered childcare within the city. We also hold details of other childcare options such as creches, family sessions and many more, however if you cannot find details of a childcare provider please do let us know, you can find our contact details at the bottom of this webpage.
You may find that finding the most suitable childcare for you is difficult for some reason such as:
The Families Information Service provide a free Brokerage Service that can support parents/carers who are struggling to find suitable childcare.
There are a number of options that can help with paying the cost of childcare for your child.
Free Childcare for Two Year Olds - The term after a child turns two they may be eligible for 15 hours a week of free childcare based on the family income. If the child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) they will be eligible for that reason alone.
Free Childcare for Three and Four Year Olds - The term after a child turns 3, they are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare, this is a universal offer and there is no criteria to meet. Children can use their free childcare with a registered provider such as:
Extended Childcare Offer - Each parent (or the sole parent in single parent families) will need to earn the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week to be eligible for the Extended Free Childcare offer. If one parent is employed but the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on benefits for caring then they too will be eligible. This will come into place from September 2017.
For more options on paying for childcare, visit our website that highlights all of your options.
Derby has many Children's Centres across the city offering support in children's early life ages 0 -5 years.
Children’s centres also work closely with other early years settings, offering training and support to ensure quality of childcare provision across the city.
For more information about Derby's children’s centres, please contact Derby Family Information Service on 01332 640758 or visit the children's centre page.
Health visitors support all families with children from pregnancy to starting school. The health visiting teams are based in children’s centres or NHS health clinics.
The Health visiting team helps children and families to stay healthy and are there to provide families with advice and support. They work alongside GPs, midwives and other health and social care professionals. Health visitors provide parenting support, enabling parent/carers to feel supported and able to receive help where needed. Health Visitors may see you at home, in health settings and children’s centres. You can talk to your health visitor about any concern you may have about your child, and if you have any concerns around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Search the health directories to find out how to contact a health visitor or visit a health clinic.
Your child's early years are a very important time for their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. If you are worried there is a problem you should get advice straightaway. If your child is not yet at school or going to an early education setting, you can talk to your doctor or health visitor who will be able to give you advice.
You may also want to talk to:
Derby SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides free, legally based impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support for children,young people and parents/carers covering Special Educational Needs (SEN), Disabilities, Health and SocialCare.
Umbrella also provide independent support should you need it. They can help on a range of matters including support with applying foran Education, Health and Care Plan. Umbrella also offer many support groups and sessions for young people to attend.
All early years settings have a pre-school special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) coordinator.They will talk to you about your child’s needs and how the setting can support them. It's their responsibility to coordinate support for your child in the setting and to work alongside other professionals. SENCO's should ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance and that you are kept informed with all decisions.
Other teams you may find useful include:
The Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS) is made up of three teams: