In Early Years there are different types of settings or provision that your child can attend.  This page has information on what is available in Bristol and where you can find out more information.


Children's Centres

Children's Centres provide a range of early years and childcare services to local families, all year round.  They provide service like:

  • day care and early education
  • family health services including ante-natal and post-natal care
  • parenting and family support services
  • support for children with additional or special educational needs
  • outreach services such as, home visits and community support
    benefits advice

In Bristol there are are two specialist Children's Centres.

These Children's Centres offer play and stay groups for children with special educational needs or a disability.  Find out more from their websites.



Registered childminders can look after children of any age. This is usually in the childminder’s own home.

Some registered childminders become enhanced childminders.  These childminders have specialist training in caring for children with special educational needs or training.


Nurseries, preschools and play groups

These are common early years provisions that offer families children an opportunity to learn through play in group settings.

Find nurseries, preschools and play groups in Bristol on 1Bigdatabase.


Help with childcare costs

Childcare can be expensive but there is support available to help with the costs.  FInd out about help with childcare costs.



This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.


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