Accessing childcare

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Disabled children and young people can benefit from the opportunities that childcare, play and leisure activities offer them, such as making friends. Getting this right in the early years helps parents build up trust and confidence with services and can make inclusion into school much easier. 

Why families might have problems accessing childcare 

Despite the increase in childcare places over the past ten years, childcare for disabled children remains a problem for families because it is often: 

Parent also struggle with childcare because: 

How you can help families access childcare 

How Contact can help 

We have lots of information and resources that you can share with families or direct them towards. 

Parent guides 

Our parent guides are free to download or to order in print from our helpline. The following guides might be helpful to parents trying to access childcare: 

For more parent guides on topics such as helping children sleep, potty/toilet training and feeding and eating, see our full publications list [PDF]

Online information 

We have lots of advice and information on our website that you might want to share with parents, including: