Early years and childcare

Coronavirus Covid-19:

Following the government announcement on 4 January of a full national lockdown, all primary, secondary and special schools in Bromley have been closed to the majority of pupils until at least 15 February.

Find out more about school closures in Bromley

Early years and childcare providers

The government has stated its expectation that early years settings (including childminders and nurseries) should continue to allow all children to attend as normal. School-based nurseries in primary schools have discretion to follow arrangements for the primary school.

Bromley has a large number of small private and independent settings and childminders and you should contact your setting directly for details of how it is responding to the guidance.

Parents and carers are advised to contact their nursery if connected to a primary school.

GOV.UK - Education and childcare guidance.


Eligibility for 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare (September 2020)

The government has announced that working parents or carers, who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement because of coronavirus, will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020.

Critical workers who may exceed the income threshold for the 2020 to 2021 tax year, as a result of working more hours to play a vital role in tackling coronavirus, will continue to receive support this tax year.

More information about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare GOV.UK

Looking for childcare

Search for childcare options in your area including support for children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Help with childcare costs

Free entitlement for 2 year olds, 3 and 4 year olds, 30 hours funded childcare and childcare vouchers, tax credits and child benefit.

Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

Choosing the best childcare options when your child has an additional need or disability.

Working in childcare 

Setting up a new provision in the borough, becoming a registered childminder or want to work in childcare?

Childcare providers special educational needs and disabilities

Information for childcare providers working with a wide range of additional needs in young children.