Here are some things to ask about. At what times will I need childcare? Where do I want childcare? Should it be near my workplace, near my home, near my place of study or near my child’s school? What sort of environment will be best for my child? Should it be in someone else’s home, with lots of other children or in smaller environment? If you are struggling to find the right childcare, the County Council has a Childcare Finder service, who will look at your requirements and use their extensive knowledge of childcare provision in your area to help you find the best options. This is a free, professional and impartial service. 30 hours funded childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds The government is doubling this entitlement to 30 hours a week (for up to 38 weeks a year) from September 2017. Find out more on the County Council website. View the core standards of education support that the local authority expects to be available for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.