Early years and childcare

Eligibility for 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare protected (5 May)

The government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours childcare or Tax-Free Childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Subject to Parliamentary approval, parents who are critical workers will also remain eligible for these entitlements if their income has increased over the maximum threshold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This temporary flexibility will ensure critical workers can continue to access the childcare they need to enable them to work. These arrangements will be reviewed over the summer. This announcement can be found on the gov.uk website

Coronavirus Covid-19: Proposed re-opening of schools to additional pupils

Central government has announced its intention that, from 1 June, 2020, more children may be welcomed back to schools and other educational settings. This is due to the huge efforts made to adhere to strict social distancing measures, resulting in the transmission rate of coronavirus decreasing. A final decision is awaited from central government following its evaluation of whether its five coronavirus tests have been met.

The vast majority of Bromley’s schools are academies – schools that receive funding directly from central government and outside of local authority control. The decision whether to re-open schools lies with the Headteacher or Principal and their overarching academy trust. Bromley Council is providing support to all schools and will continue to offer this as required.

Read more school re-opening guidance.

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.