Under the Childcare Act 2006 councils in Wales have to secure sufficient childcare to meet the requirements of parents in their area.

Search for childminders

Search for local day nurseries

  • Day nurseries offer care during the working day for children aged 0-5 years.
  • Suitable play provision and equipment should be available as well as access to secure outdoor play space. 
  • Some nurseries offer part-time early years education funded by the local authority from the term after a child’s third birthday.

Search for out of school clubs

  • Out of school clubs care and play opportunities for children aged 3-14 years outside school hours and during the holidays.
  • Children under 8 years must be escorted to and from the club. 

Search for playgroups/cylchoedd meithrin

  • Playgroups and cylchoedd meithrin provide part-time care for children aged 2 ½ – 5 years
  • They are open during the school term and each session lasts no longer than 4 hours
  • They provide learning experiences through structured play in groups and the cylchoedd meithrin offer pre-school experiences through the medium of Welsh
  • A suitable range of play provision and equipment should be available
  • Some playgroups and cylchoedd meithrin are able to offer part-time early years education, funded by the local council from the term after a child’s 3rd birthday

Read about playschemes and play clubs

A crèche will provide occasional day care for children under 8 and need to be registered if operating for more than 2 hours a day, even where individual children attend for shorter periods.

A nanny will care for your child in your own home and does not have to be registered with the local authority, for further information contact a reputable agency. 

Further information  

Download information about Choosing Childcare (pdf) 

Download How to choose quality childcare (pdf) 

Download information about support for parents and financial help with childcare costs (pdf) 

Read the 2014 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (pdf) 

Contact neighbouring Family Information Services to find details of childcare in these areas: 

Torfaen FIS 0800 0196 3300

Cardiff FIS 029 2035 1700

Caerphilly FIS 01443 863232

Monmouthshire FIS 01633 644527