Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

What is the cost of childcare?

The cost will vary according to the age of your child, the hours and type of setting they attend.  If your child is aged 2 years you may be eligible for 15 hours FUNDED childcare.  All 3 and 4 year old children can have 15 hours FUNDED Childcare and many working parents can access 30 hours FREE childcare all of which impacts on the cost.

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Are there additional costs?

Some childcare providers may charge for additional services on top of their hourly rate, whereas some may include additional services within their costs.  You will need to ask what is included in the charges.  The Family Information Service and Children's Information Service team are here to help if you need assistance. 

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Will I need to pay a deposit?

Each type of childcare provider will have their own process for deposits.  It is usually refunded to you at the beginning of the arrangement by being deducted from the start of your fees.  If you do not take up the place, the deposit is not usually returned. 

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How do I secure my childcare place?

Once you have chosen your preferred provider and confirmed availability you will need to sign a contract (known as a 'Provider Agreement Form') between you and the childcare provider, this details:

  • additional service charges
  • charges made for sickness or holiday absence
  • the deposit required to secure your child's place

There may be additional factors included within the contract which you should discuss with the provider before signing. The Family Information Service and Children's Information Service team are here to help if you need assistance.

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