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

Eastern European Helpline:  01274 434905



Or text:  'childcare' to 07781472076 and we will call you back

Childcare Choices 2017

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers for the first time, helping parents find the right childcare support to suit them.

Two new offers appear in 2017 – Tax-Free Childcare, which will be introduced on 28 April and gradually rolled out, and 30 hours free childcare, available from September 2017. From the end of April, parents will begin to apply for both schemes at the same time through a new digital childcare service.

The new Childcare Choices website provides information on the new and existing Government childcare

Schools and other organisations can share this site with parents as a place where they can sign up to get an e-mail alert for when the eligibility checker for the 30 hours is available

Here is a suggested e-mail you could send your parents or to put onto your website

Subject line: Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Dear Parent,

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today



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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