The Family Information Service (FIS) provides free and impartial information on childcare and local services for families in Southend on Sea.
If you are looking for childcare there can be many different options to choose from. These can be either full or part time and include nurseries, Childminders and pre-schools, as well as breakfast and after school clubs.
- Childcare providers must register with Ofsted's Early Years Register if caring for babies and children up to the age of 5 years, with the exception of three and four year old funded children in nursery classes in school.
- Out of school clubs must register with Ofsted’s Early Years Register if looking after children under 5 who are not pupils of the school.
- Ofsted Inspectors regularly make visits to registered providers and their reports can be viewed on Ofsted's website.
When choosing childcare it’s important to make sure the solution you choose is right for you and your child.
Search for Childcare Providers
The Family Information Service publishes information about childcare providers in Southend-on-Sea on the Southend SHIP Directory
Advice, Information and Guidance
For more information about paying for childcare, choosing childcare, the different types of settings, out of school activities and what to consider from your child’s point of view please see the related downloads below or visit the Southend SHIP Directory.
For more information about free early year’s education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds please click here.
If you require any further assistance, you can contact the Family Information Service on 01702 215007 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help finding Childcare?
FIS also offers additional support to parents, carers and professionals who are having problems finding childcare or pre-school education that meets specific needs. The Service is available to:
- Parents/carers who have English as a second language.
- Parents/carers whose children have additional needs.
- Professionals who are working with parents/carers.
Contact us using the Childcare Information Request online form or email email@example.com.
Please find attached Southend's latest Childcare Sufficiency report.
Other Child and Family Services
The Family Information Service also holds information about various other Child and Family Services and Activities in and around Southend. Browse the SHIP directory or click the useful links below:
Page last updated: 07/04/2016