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Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) - Brighter Futures For Children for information on activities running over the school holidays for eligible families


Deciding the type of childcare you want for your child is an important decision, so it is a good idea to get as much information as possible before deciding what is best for you and your child. You can search for childcare available in Reading below.

funded 30 hours childcare funded childcare for twos

There are several different options for pre-school education/childcare:

  • Childminders
  • Nurseries
  • Pre-schools
  • Nursery Schools & Classes
  • Nannies
  • Holiday Clubs/After School Clubs/Breakfast Clubs

Budget 2023: Everything you need to know about childcare support - The Education Hub (

Next review date June 2024

Becoming a Childminder & Careers in Childcare


The Early Years team works to support people to become childminders in Reading.

To work as a childminder with children from birth to five in Reading you must also:

  • Attend a briefing session (see below)
  • Complete a relevant training course such as Introduction to Childminding Practice
  • Attend an approved 12 hour paediatric first aid and 3 hour universal safeguarding training course

To find out more click here to visit the Brighter Futures for Children website.

Choose a career in childcare

If you have ever thought about working with children, right now is a great time to try! Childcare is a career you can be proud of and there are many fantastic career opportunities in Reading. You can gain qualifications, continue to train, learn and progress while providing valuable support for children.

To find out more click here to visit the Brighter Futures for Children webiste

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