The Childcare Information Service offers free, impartial service helping families find childcare in Knowsley.
Knowsley Childcare Information Service
The Knowsley Childcare Information Service is a free service providing information on childcare for parents and others such as:
- Out of school childcare
- Nursery education and pre-school groups
- Primary and secondary school admissions
- Children's centres
- How to register as a child minder or set up a childcare business.
- The regulation of childcare provision
We also provide information on careers in childcare. Find childcare in Knowsley with our search facility.
Find out about free childcare for 2-year-olds
What to look for when choosing childcare
There are many types of childcare: early education or pre-school services, child minders, nurseries, nursery classes or out of school clubs.
Here are some key questions to ask a childcare provider:
- How long have you been working with children and what qualifications do you have?
- Can I look around the building to see the rooms and outside play space? Where will my child rest?
- What kind of food and drink will you give?
- What will my child do all day?
- How do you encourage good behaviour?
- Will my child be with a regular group of children? How old are they? How will their timetable fit in with my child?
- How will you make sure I know how my child is getting on?
Other things to look out for:
- Are the children calm, safe and happy?
- Do children play and talk together and are they calm, safe and happy?
- Are the staff friendly, listening to children and answering them carefully?
- Are there lots of fun activities planned to help children learn and play and do staff join in?
- Are there plenty of clean toys and equipment for children to use?
- Do parents have plenty of chances to say what they want for their children?
The looking for registered childcare in Knowsley leaflet (PDF) gives more advice about choosing quality childcare.
Complaints about childcare and nurseries
If you have any complaints or concerns regarding the quality of any day care provision contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231
How to get support
For help and support choosing childcare, call the Childcare Information Service on 0800 085 2022 and choose option 1