Local Childcare

Choosing the right childcare and learning for your child outside the home is a crucial decision for you to make. There's a huge amount of choice of provision, all offering benefits for your child and flexibility for you.


All providers must be Ofsted registered and are regularly inspected. Strict guidelines on staff to children ratios must be complied with.

You can find out about the quality of your child’s nursery and other early years providers in relation to the EYFS Framework by checking what the Government’s official inspection body for early years, Ofsted, has to say about it. You can find this information at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report.


** FREE Early Years Education for 2 year olds **

2_yr_funding_dinosaur.pngDo you have a two year old?  Did you know that some two year olds are entitled to 15 hours FREE early education per week for 38 weeks per year?

If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits your child can access a free place:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-related employment support allowance (ESA)
  • Child tax credit, with a taxable income no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of working tax credit
  • Pension credit (guarantee credit)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please contact us for more information, or click here to visit Hertfordshire County County Council's own website, to check to see if you are eligible and for more information on this scheme.

You can find providers offering these free places by getting in touch with the Children's Centre on 01727 260 041 or by using Herts County Councils childcare directory.

A child born in the period  Will become eligible for a free place
1 April to 31 August   the start of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child's second birthday
1 September to 31 December   the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child's second birthday 
1 January to 31 March   the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child's second birthday 


** FREE Early Education for 3 and 4 Year Olds **

ALL 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of FREE Early Education for 38 weeks of the year.  This funding applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).  You can access a place for your child at a range of Early Years Settings, including: Nursery Schools and classes, Day Nurseries, Playgroups, PreSchools and Childminders.

Please contact us for more information, or visit the hertsdirect website by clicking here.  If you would like a list of settings, including childminders, visit Hert's Childcare Directory here.

A child born in the period  Will become eligible for a free place
1 April to 31 August   the start of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child's third birthday
1 September to 31 December   the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child's third birthday 
1 January to 31 March   the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child's third birthday 



So what is the EYFS?


The EYFS (or Early Years Foundation Stage) is how the Government and Early Years Professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. 

Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. For a parents guide to the EYFS please click here.