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Family Information Service Directory

Young Child StudyingWhether you are a parent looking for childcare or you need some advice and support with bringing up your child, we can either help you or, if not, tell you who can!

You can search for childcare, activities and other family services using our online directory.

Childcare Choices

The online directory provides information about the different childcare choices in St Helens, such as:

It tells you what they offer, when they are open and where to find them. Information is updated directly by providers and includes details on what they charge and whether or not they offer free early education places. It also provides advice on what to look for when choosing childcare, so that you know they are safe.

If your child is disabled or has special needs, the online directory also includes details of providers who have expertise in specific areas. You may also wish to view our Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) website for more help.

Activities and Support

Childcare providers supply us with information about regular activities for children and young people of all ages to do, from parent and toddler groups to karate lessons and youth clubs, that are also displayed on the online directory. The St Helens Library Service Catalogue is also a great source of information for activities and knowledge!

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a government scheme that is available to around two million working households to help with their childcare costs. Working parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) can set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly.

The government will contribute £2 for every £8 paid in by parents up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). More details are available Childcare Choices. Working parents will also have to register to qualify for the 30 Hours Free Childcare.