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Childcare and leisure
There are different kinds of childcare like childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and nannies. For older children there are also breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday playschemes. Other childcare includes au pairs, creches and babysitters. Some childcare providers are registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and have to meet quality and safety standards.
For childcare providers and services for families in your area:
Help to pay
There is help with the costs of childcare for some families:
- All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early years education
- Working families may get tax credits and childcare vouchers
- Full-time student may be entitled to a Childcare Grant.
Childcare for children with additional needs
Childcarers should have an equality and inclusion policy and should be happy to discuss your child and their needs.
East Sussex County Council offer training and support to childcare providers to help them meet the needs of children with additional needs.
Childcarers can apply for funds to help them with the additional costs of meeting the needs of children 0 to 18 with additional needs.
There are also specialist after school and holiday playschemes for children with additional needs.
Disabled children may receive childcare support as part of a support plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan. Children who have 'direct payments' may use them for childcare. For more information contact Childrens Disability Services
Activities and leisure for children and young people
Find ideas for your leisure time at;
- Children's Centres with activities for children 0-5
- Leisure activities, sports and clubs (all ages) – East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS)
- Information for Families Facebook page
- Days out, walks, sports facilities and what's on in East Sussex
Many activities and leisure services provide for children with special educational needs or disabilities and will be happy to discuss your child's needs.
The i-go card helps children and young people with special needs and disabilities aged 0 to 25 to access leisure activities.
There are also short breaks, activities and respite care for children and young people with disabilities.