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Schools, education & childcare Advice on choosing a childcare provider

Entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step, so before you choose a provider you may want to consider the following tips:

  • give yourself plenty of time to choose - holiday playschemes, for example, get booked up in advance
  • ask other parents for recommendations
  • make appointments to visit two or three providers to compare what's on offer, and get a feel for the staff
  • think about your child's personality and interests - what environment will they prefer?
  • check opening times, holiday dates and costs

Help & Support Manchester is a good starting point for finding a childcare provider in Manchester.

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