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Early Education and Childcare





If you are thinking about childcare many parents and carers will want an option that best fits their child and family circumstances. All providers of childcare have to be registered with Ofsted and are subject to inspection. More information can be found on inspection and outcomes can be found at In Ashford there are many nurseries, pre-school and childminders which offer flexible childcare.

Some take children from birth until 4 years old. Some are open all year, others are term time only. Some offer fixed hours others can offer more flexibility. More information can be found for all childcare providers at

Clarendon Children’s Centre can provide information to support you to make these decisions, please call in or telephone 01784 424759 to speak to a member of staff.

Choosing  a Nursery/PreSchool

When choosing where you would like to send your child you may wish to consider how close it is to your home, sibling’s school or place of work. Your hours of work are also important as you may need the longer hours or availability during school holidays. You may have a childminder or relative who will collect your child from nursery school and this has to fit in with their commitments too.

Please download a copy of our local nursery details here.

Paying for Childcare

Most children with a working parents or a working single parent will qualify for an extended entitlement. This provides  30 hours a week of free childcare. More information to find out if you qualify can be found at:

Every provider has their own terms and conditions for payment and registration. All 3 to 4-year-olds in England are eligible to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. This entitlement starts the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

For more information please go to

Some families are eligible to the 570 hours of free childcare in the term when their child reaches their 2nd Birthday, this is called FEET. For more information and to download an application form  please go to

We have some clips below of parents and practitioners sharing their experiences of FEET funding, please click to watch.

Other support

Childcare can also be paid for by using Childcare Vouchers. These are available through your employer and could save you money on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. More information can be found at

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