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Children learn more in their first five years than at any other
time in their lives.
The early years are the foundation on which children's physical,
social, emotional and intellectual development is based.
This is why Medway Council is committed to providing high
quality nursery education, childcare, play and family support
education provision in schools, pre-schools, day nurseries and
with accredited childminders is regularly inspected by
is supported by a team of early years advisers who ensure high
quality care and education.
Find out about free nursery places for three and four-year
Get a list of
accredited childminders in your area from the Medway Family
Information Service or by using the contact details below.
Parents who are working or training need good quality care
for their children. Childcare provision in Medway includes
childminders. For school-age children, this includes out-of-school clubs
playschemes. Medway Council's Family Information Service can
provide parents with up-to-date information and advice about the
availability of local childcare. There is a range of financial help for
parents on low and middle incomes, including tax credits and
other benefits and allowances.
Working in partnership
Medway Council is developing new nursery education, childcare
and health services by opening and supporting the development of
Start Children's Centres. There are currently 19 centres acress
Medway, which bring together:
- health and maternity services,
- information about getting back to work or training for
- childcare, play and education for children up to the age of
Children's Centres are places that provide a wide range of
information and services for families with young children and are
great places to meet new people.
There are also other activities for carers, parents and their
children. Baby and toddler groups are perfect
opportunities for children to play with other children their age
and new parents can meet and socialise.
Please access the Family
Information Service Directory for further information on Early
Years and Childcare.