Choices

Choosing childcare

Choosing the right childcare is a big step for your family. This page takes you through the things you need to consider when choosing childcare and the options that are available to you.

Step one - The Family Information Service (FIS) is a free impartial service for ALL parents/carers of children and young people. The FIS works closely with childcare providers in your area to provide you with accurate and up to date information about what they offer.  They provide information, assistance and advice to help you find and choose the registered or unregistered childcare that is best for you and your child.  FIS is your ideal starting point and will be able to provide you information tailored to your individual needs… so should be your first point of call.

You need to think about the following points:

  • Do you need full time or part time childcare - which days and hours?
  • Do you need childcare all the year around, out of school hours only, or just occasionally?
  • Do you want childcare to be near your home or near your work?

The simple to use features and the “click for more info” zones provide a really useful on-line resource - follow the link: Family Information Service

Step two - Contact as many childcare providers as possible before deciding which one is best for you and your child. The following questions may be helpful in considering what you are looking for in a childcare service:

  • Is it welcoming?
  • Is it a stimulating place for children?
  • What facilities does it have?
  • Is it caring?
  • What about the staff?

Step three - Once you have found a childcare service you are happy with, have a settling in period with a few short visits for your child and yourself. This will help you both feel more confident and at ease.

You can also download a copy of the Childcare Choices booklet which explains how you can choose childcare that is registered and inspected by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW).

Childcare Search

The Family Information Service works closely with childcare providers in your area to provide you with accurate and up to date information about what they offer including services for those who have, or may have, special needs. They provide free and impartial information, assistance and advice to help you find and choose the childcare that is best for you and your child.  FIS is your ideal starting point and will be able to provide you information tailored to your individual needs… so should be your first point of call.

The simple to use features and the “click for more info” Zones provide a really useful on-line childcare resource - just click on the links below:

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact the team

Tel: (01443) 863232 or Email: fis@caerphilly.gov.uk

Family Information Service

If you are experiencing any difficulties finding the right childcare to suit your needs we suggest the FIS Brokerage Service.

FIS Brokerage fact sheet

Address: Family Information Service, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG

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