Some parents may be interested in finding childcare services in their area, either because they are working or studying or because they would like some time to themselves.
Every council has a Children's Information Service who will have information on childcare in your area. You can contact them via your local council or council website, or call their freephone service on 08000 960 296. Your health visitor or social worker will also have details about local facilities in your area.
Once you have found out what is available in your area, you may want to speak to your neighbours and other parents to find out what services they have used and what their experiences have been like. It is also a good idea to visit some of the playgroups or nurseries with your child. This will give you a chance to get a feel for each place and to find out what activities and equipment are available. You may also want to spend some time with the staff who will be working with your child, and find out what training and qualifications they have.
At first we found it hard to find appropriate child minding services and play schemes, but now we have direct payments we can choose and employ our own support.
Childcare for children with a learning disability is often more expensive than for other children. Some councils may offer financial support or a bursary, or you may be able to get childcare as part of a short break. Some families may also qualify for the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit.