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Choosing childcare settings in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

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Whether you’re returning to work after maternity leave, or just looking for a few hours of nursery time for your toddler, choosing the right early years setting can feel like a minefield. Here’s some guidance to help you make an informed choice.

Below are some links to help you find some childcare providers in your local area:

Childcare Costs

Financial support is available so that children can take advantage of early years education, and get the best start in life, find out more here.

Visit your local authority website, Leicestershire, Leicester City , or Rutland to check your eligibility.

If you have any issues using the online checker please either visit your local children’s centre or call 0116 305 6208.

Leicestershire County Council are offering free childcare places for 2 year olds, find out more in the video below:

This video was not produced by Health for Under 5’s and may contain adverts.

Take a look at this document for more information about childcare funding options.

Special Educational Needs

Many children and young people will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Early years settings and other organisations can help most children and young people overcome any barriers quickly and easily; find out more here.

Useful links

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 29-09-2020

Next review due: 29-09-2023