The Families Information Service provides FREE and impartial information about childcare and young people's services across Central Bedfordshire.
We can provide information and advice on:
- Childcare and early education
- Out of school clubs and holiday care
- Leisure activities
- Family support services
- Activities from 5 -19 years
Families Information Service can provide information, advice and guidance on the full range of childcare options to suit you, your family and your work pattern. We hold a database of local providers, including childminders, nurseries, preschools, out of school clubs and holiday play schemes in the local area.
The Family Information Directory is an online local searchable directory for:
- Activities for children and young people
- Ofsted registered childcare
- Support agencies
or alternatively contact us on:
Since April 2008, the Government has placed a statutory duty on all local authorities to ensure that there is sufficient childcare in their area. This means that all parents and carers should have access to childcare in order to remain in, or return to, work or education. As part of this duty, all local authorities are asked to carry out a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment.
We have completed a full CSA assessment which details the supply of childcare across Central Bedfordshire and compares this to the demand for childcare from parents and carers.
Consultation has taken place to establish demand for childcare with:
- parents and carers
- childcare providers
- other partner organisations
This process is to identify any gaps in childcare provision, makes recommendations for closing these gaps and will provide the basis for an ongoing Action Plan. The final CSA Report is available below.
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (PDF 7.9MB)
If you require any further information or advice about childcare issues please contact the CAF Support and Information Service.