Finding Childcare

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All Registered Childcare Providers are listed on Family Support NI which is the central government register of REGISTERED and APPROVED Childcare Providers throughout Northern Ireland. We provide the most up-to-date information available about childcare provision

We work closely with the Early Years Teams within the Health and Social Care Trusts, who are responsible for registering and inspecting childcare providers. They inform us of newly registered or ceased childcare providers, and any changes to their details.

We also work with childcare providers to provide as much detail as possible on the service they provide (including current vacancy information), to try to make it as easy as possible for parents or carers to find suitable childcare to meet theirs and their children's needs.

We have recently introduced a Self Service Portal which enables Childcare Providers to access their profiles to update their details at any time.

You can search by your postcode to find Registered Childcare providers near you.  You can then filter results to find Childcare Providers who have    indicated :-

  • Vacancies  
  • Experience of Disability/Complex Needs
  • School Pick-Up/Drop Off
  • Accepts Childcare Vouchers
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Pre- school Funded Places
  • Tax-Free Childcare
  • Breakfast Club

Remember : You must use Registered Childcare (as listed on this website) to avail of Financial Assistance with Childcare Costs

We have several useful articles at the Childcare Section of this website including :-

Working Parents - Financial Assistance with Childcare Costs

Need Help Choosing Childcare ?

The Different Types of Childcare

Using Our Childcare Search

Benefits for children with disabilities or additional needs

Employers For Childcare about Benefits for children with disabilities or additional needs 

Family Support NI have produced this short animation outlining benefits of Registered Childcare :-

Help With Childcare Costs and Financial Support For Working Parents

Last Updated: 11/04/2024