Childcare (including nurseries, pre-schools and childminders)

All of the latest government guidance for parents and carers is available from the gov.uk website.

National lockdown: stay at home

(Updated 6 January 2021)

There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare:

  • Early years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
  • Childminders should continue to allow children to attend as normal except for school-aged children. Childminders caring for school-aged children (including reception children) should only admit vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
  • Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
  • parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults
  • some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
  • nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home

Finding and arranging a new childcare place

There are various types of childcare providers in Lancashire for families to choose from, each of which offer different advantages and flexibility. If you are unsure of where to start your childcare search, we've put together a checklist to help you.

A little extra support

Sometimes finding the right childcare to meet your family's needs can be challenging for instance if you work shifts, live in a rural area or if your child has special or additional needs. We can help you to explore the childcare options available to you and address any concerns or issues you may have. To use this service please complete our childcare brokerage service request form (DOCX 361 KB) and return it to FIS@lancashire.gov.uk including the words 'urgent childcare brokerage required' in the title.