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Visiting Childcare Settings - What to Know FACTSHEET

Looking for childcare?

Not sure what to look for when visiting childcare settings ?

When choosing childcare it is important that you visit different settings to help you make your decision. Recommendations from other parents can be helpful, but it’s important to remember that everyone is different and what suits their child will not necessarily suit yours.

You can use this factsheet to help you decide if the childcare providers you visit are providing high-quality care and it will answer questions:

What does registered childcare mean?

What can OFSTED reports tell me?

What kind of Standards do childcare providers need to meet?

Are there any childcare quality awards I can ask about?

What should I look for when I visit and what questions should I ask?

Click on the useful downloads on the right hand side of the page

Need more help, support or advice contact Families Information Service (FIS) on 0800 0345 340 or email

Please note: FIS will always remain impartial when supporting families to find childcare, we will never recommend a setting. As a parent you must make your own judgement.

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Last updated on 20/12/2019
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