School holiday childcare

There are three different types of holiday care for children:

Holiday childcare groups

  • These groups usually run all day during the school holidays.
  • They usually provide meals, indoor and outdoor activities, trips and special events.

Open access playschemes

  • These playschemes offer activities for children and young people, mostly during the six week summer holiday break.
  • The activities may be for short sessions and not for the full holiday period
  • Others are open all day and can provide childcare for working parents.

Holiday Care

  • Provides school-aged children with activities and childcare all day, every day during the school holidays.
  • Usually provided by various organisations such as schools, community groups and leisure centres.

How much is it likely to cost?

Fees vary depending on the type of activity, length of sessions etc. - you may be able to get help with your childcare costs.

How can I find holiday care near me?

You can look for any type of childcare provider by using our simple childcare finder. You can also contact our Families Information Service using the details on the right-hand side of this page.

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Contact details

Families Information Service

Telephone helpline : 01274 437503
Polish/Slovak/Czech Helpline : 01274 434905
Urdu/Punjabi Helpline : 01274 431252
Mobile : Text 'Childcare' to 07781472076 and we will call you back within 5 working days
Email :

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