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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

For full guidelines regarding salary sacrifice schemes, working tax credit and childcare vouchers​

Childcare vouchers and tax credits

Better off calculator​

Department for Education (DfE)

Find out about current government initiatives for children​

Finding childcare

Local authorities have a duty to provide information, advice and assistance to parents and prospective parents of children and young people up to age 20. Your local authority may be able to help you find childcare in your area.​

› in your local phone book under

“Local government”; or
› online:
England then search on
“Childcare” to find links to:
› childcare out of school hours
› your local Family Information Service (FIS)
› a Sure Start Children’s Centre
Wales and search on “Family
Information Services” or “FIS”
Northern Ireland

The Office for Standards in

Education, Children’s
Services and Skills (Ofsted) (England)​

0300 123 1231​

Independent Schools Inspectorate


020 7600 0100​

Independent Schools Council (UK)​

Edubase (England and Wales)

A register of all educational establishments in England and Wales. From 16 March 2012 this no
longer includes Early Years settings.​

Care and Social Services

Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) (Wales)​ (sub-site of​

Childcare at Home Approval

Scheme Wales (Wales)​ and search “Childcare at

Home” 03000 625609 (for carers only)​

Education and Training Inspectorate for Wales
(Estyn) (Wales)​

Social Care and Social Work

Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) (Scotland)

The Care Inspectorate is the independent regulator of social care and social work services
across Scotland.​

0845 600 9527​

Education Scotland (Scotland)

Scottish national body responsible for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching from early years to adult and community learning.​

Department of Health, Social

Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)​

Department of Education (Northern

Ireland) Main areas of responsibility are in pre-school, primary, post-primary and special education.​

Education and Training

Inspectorate (ETI) (Northern Ireland) Provides inspection services for a number of organisations, including the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.​

Family and Childcare Trust

(formerly known as the
Daycare Trust) Largest UK charitable body for the daycare sector.​
4 Children​

Working Families

Parent and Carer Helpline 0300 012 0312​

Maternity Action

UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.

0845 600 8533​

Professional Association for
Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) (formerly known as the National
Childminding Association/NCMA)​​

British Activity Providers Association (BAPA) (formerly known as British Activity Holiday Association/BAHA)​

The Association of Nanny Agencies