Early years and 0-5 childcare
Childcare is the care of children by professionals other than their parents. These professionals are called childcare providers. There are lots of different types of childcare providers in Derby depending on your needs:
- Childminders – who care for children from birth onwards, looking after them in their own home and mostly offer an all year round service.
- Crèches – which usually care for children from birth to five years and are generally provided for parents attending courses or sports activities.
- Day nurseries – which usually care for children from 0 to 5 years between 8am and 6pm each weekday and are open all year round. Some provide care before and after school and in the school holidays.
- Home carers/nannies – who come to the child's home and are employed by the family.
- Pre-school playgroups – which mainly care for children aged two to five years old. Some pre-school playgroups offer part-time places with either morning or afternoon sessions and others offer longer sessions such as 9am to 3pm. Pre-schools playgroups only run during term time.
- Out of school care – such as before-school and after-school clubs and school holiday schemes.
Search our online directory to find Ofsted-registered childcare providers in your area.
Find childcare in Derby
If you are looking for childcare, search our free online directory for contact details of childcare providers in the city.
Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or telephone 01332 640758.
If you would like support finding suitable childcare, the Families Information Services provides a free Childcare brokerage service for parents and carers.
Help paying for childcare
Tax-Free Childcare is a scheme set up by HMRC. Parents can open an online account, which they pay into to cover the cost of childcare with a registered provider. For disabled children up to the age of 17, you can receive up to £4000 per child - that's up to £1000 every three months. For information on how to apply for an account, visit the Childcare Choices website.
Funded childcare for 2 year olds
Some parent and carers maybe eligible if they:
- meet an economic criterion
- have special guardianship
- or the child looked after by the Derby City Local Authority
- or the child receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- or the child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
For further information and to apply, visit our Funded early learning for two year olds page.
Funded childcare for 3-4 year olds
All children aged three and four are eligible for up to 15 hours of funded childcare the term after they turn three years old.
For further information and to apply, visit our Funded early learning for 3-4 year olds page.
Extended Entitlement of 30 hours childcare
Some working parents and carers of 3-4 year olds may be eligible for an additional 15 hours funded childcare on top of the existing 15 hours early education entitlement. To check if you qualify, visit the Childcare Choices website.
SEND support in childcare
Special educational needs coordinator (SENCo)
All childcare providers have a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo). They will discuss your child’s needs and how the setting can support them. It's their responsibility to coordinate support for your child in the setting and to work alongside other professionals. SENCo's should ensure that all the needs of your child are planned for in advance and that you are kept informed with all decisions.
Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS)
STePS is made up of two teams:
- Advisory Teachers Team
- Educational Psychologists
Advisory Teachers, Advisors and Specialist HLTAs provide support and advice for children and young people with sensory impairment, physical impairment and social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Early Intervention Practitioners provide advice and support for pre-school children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities and their parents.
The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a wide range of services to help the People’s Services department with identifying and meeting the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people aged 0-25. This includes working with educational settings to support a graduated response to special educational needs provision and advising on statutory support as part of an education, health and care needs assessment.
To contact the STePS team, telephone 01332 641400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Years Inclusion Fund (EYIF) for children in nursery
Some children with development needs have additional care needs and childcare providers can request funding to help. This is called The Early Years Inclusion Fund.
Your childcare provider can request this on your child’s behalf using the E3 process which is available on the Schools Information Portal.
If your provider needs support following the process, they can email the Early Intervention team at email@example.com. The Early Years Inclusion Fund panels are held throughout the year and are responsible for allocating the funding.
Derby Children's Centres deliver a wide range of inclusive and targeted groups and activities for families with children up to 8 years.
There are ten children’s centres across the city and each of them offers a warm and welcoming environment where you can access help and support if needed.
Children’s centres are also a place where you can have fun, play, learn and grow together with your children.
The centres offer a wide range of services including:
- outreach support – by referral only
- parenting programmes
- child health clinics
- SEND support
- speech and language screenings
- stay and play sessions.
For more information about Derby's Children’s Centres, visit the Children's centres page or telephone the Derby Family Information Service on 01332 640758.
Fun things to do
You can find information on fun things to do for your child in Derby.
Contact Families has created a guide to Holidays Play and Leisure which provides information about what play, leisure, and short breaks options are available and where to find more information. It also has information about arranging holidays for disabled children and details of organisations which provide grants for these types of activities.
The Families Information Service Facebook page has plenty of resources including videos of stories, songs and activities.
Derby Libraries has partnered up with Derby Theatre to produce Rhymetime, a series of fun videos and rhymes to help children learn to read.
Change4Life is the NHS’s healthy eating and accessible activities programme to support parents.
The BBC runs Tiny Happy People, an online platform that help parents develop their child's communication skills through simple interaction and play.