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Choosing a childcare provider

13 April 2018

Essex County Council has a duty to provide enough childcare places for all working parents and those who are looking for employment. To find out more information on the free early education entitlement for all 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds see help paying for childcare.

There's a lot to think about when choosing childcare. It's important to allow as much time as possible to look for the best options to meet your family's needs. Some childcare providers have waiting lists, so make contact with those you're interested in as early as possible.

You can find childcare in Essex using our interactive map. The childcare available includes: 


We can also help if you are looking for childcare for a child with disabilities or additional needs.


It's a good idea to visit several childcare providers to find out what they offer to meet the needs of you and your child before making your decision.

Once you have chosen your childcare provider you may want to:


If you cannot find childcare services 

We can help you find childcare if you have been unable to find childcare services because:
  • you or your child has a special need or disability
  • English isn't your first language
To request help, contact us.