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Childcare & Early Years Information

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Finding Preschool Care in your New Area

The GOV.UK website provides childcare and early years information collected from local authorities. The website helps you find useful information about the different types of childcare and early education in your local area and helps you to make the right choice for the whole family.

The website also contains details of your local Children’s Information Service (CIS), who can provide face-to-face or phone advice on all aspects of childcare. ChildcareLink also provide a national information line which you can call for advice on: 0800 234 6346.

All Childcare and Early Education providers in Scotland are regulated by the Care Inspectorate, please visit their website for further information.

Your local Welfare Information Office is another excellent source of information regarding educational sites and amenities in your community.

Help and Advice
The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) has been established specifically for Service families. It is aware of the unique circumstances of Service families and can offer information, advice and support on all aspects of a child/young person’s education within the UK and overseas. You can contact CEAS on: 01980 618244 or e-mail them at: enquiries@ceas.uk.com. CEAS is part of the Directorate Children and Young People; the MOD’s tri-Service lead for the delivery of statutory services for children and young people within the Armed Forces community worldwide.

Childcare Vouchers
Childcare vouchers are a government initiative designed to help working parents pay for childcare. You can convert part of your salary into vouchers, saving the tax and National Insurance you would normally pay on that amount. The amount you save depends on your individual circumstances, including the value of the vouchers you choose to take.

You can join the scheme if:

  • You are a parent or legal guardian responsible for and paying towards the upkeep of a child under the age of 16 who is attending any form of approved or registered childcare.
  • Your salary remains above the national minimum wage and the lower earnings limit after you have taken childcare vouchers.

Most childcare providers are happy to accept childcare vouchers as long as you adhere to their own payment terms. Vouchers are valid for 18 months (renewable if necessary) and can be spent whenever you want, so it doesn’t matter if your childcare costs vary – you can still take vouchers each month and keep them for when you need them. Please note that vouchers cannot be used for school fees.

The scheme offers real benefits but there are some circumstances that need to be considered. HM Revenue & Customs govern all childcare voucher schemes and offer a Childcare Indicator for you to assess your personal family circumstances prior to applying for the vouchers. Please visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/calcs/ccin.htm to access this information.

Sodexo run the Armed Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme; please see their website (www.modchildcare.co.uk) for further information for parents and carers, full eligibility details and joining instructions. Alternatively you can telephone their Customer Services team on free phone 0800 066 5075.