Information for Families

Information for Families

Bradford Families Information Services can help you to find:

  • Childcare (nurseries, childminders, playgroups, out of school care and holiday schemes etc) in the Bradford area
  • Funding available to parents to help pay for childcare – e.g nursery education grant
  • Activities for children e.g sports, dance, scout/guide groups, homework clubs, party venues and places to visit etc
  • Family support services including support groups for lone parents, teenage parents etc
  • Agencies that advise on family issues such as divorce, bereavement, housing and finance
  • information on services for children and young people with disabilities or complex health needs

We provide free, impartial and up-to-date information and advice to parents, carers and grandparents with responsibility for children and young people from birth to 19 years. We also have extra resources to support children and young people with additional needs up to 25 years.

We also offer a service to providers included in our directory, and are always happy to hear from new organisations wishing to be included. We can provide signposting for you, too, if you want to work in childcare.

Talk to Us

Helpline: 01274 437503 (8.30 am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday)

Urdu/Punjabi Helpline: 01274 431252

Eastern European Helpline:  01274 434905 (Wednesday to Friday)




Early Education for 2 year olds – new criteria.

As you may know some 2 year olds to receive 15 hours a week of free Early Education. The criteria for this have now been extended to include more children. As well as being eligible if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The “Guarantee” element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and whose earnings from employment are below £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit with earnings from employment which are below £16,190

You will now also qualify if your child meets any of these criteria:

  • They are looked after by the Local Authority
  • They have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
  • They have a statement of special educational needs / an education, health and care plan or claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

To find out which childcare providers in your area are part of the scheme and whether you are eligible contact Bradford Families Information Service.

Talk to Us

Telephone: 01274 437503 (8.30 to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 to 4.30 on Friday)

Urdu/Punjabi Helpline: 01274 431252

Eastern European Helpline: 01274 434905 (Wednesday – Friday)

Text:  'childcare' to 07781472076



Care to Learn Funding

Did you know that Care to Learn Funding is still available for a parent under 20 to help fund childcare costs whilst studying?

This can be up to £160 per child per week.

You can get Care to Learn if:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course

  • you’re the main carer for your child

  • you live in England

  • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country

You can get an application pack by calling the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989 or for further information please visit the Direct website

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