Skip to main content


Southend's Children and Families Information PointSHIP Adults
   
Childcare Beach Hut

There are many different types of childcare available in Southend including nurseries, pre-schools and childminders.  These offer either full day or sessional care based in a variety of settings or a home environment.

In this section you will find details of childcare providers within the Borough, as well as information on the different types of childcare, help paying for childcare, and the different options which are available to you and your child.

The Family and Childcare Trust have a useful video you can watch about choosing Childcare:

If you require any further help, please contact the Family Information Service at fissos@southend.gov.uk or by calling 01702 215007

To find Childcare outside of the borough please use the National Childcare Finder tool - Click here to go to the webpage

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2015

Useful Information

  • Types of Childcare

    Choosing the right childcare for you and your child can be a confusing time. There are many different types of childcare offering both Full Day Care and Sessional Care within a setting or a home environment. You may also wish to consider childcare from the child's perspective…

  • Working in Childcare

    Careers in childcare have developed over the past years and now often require qualified staffed that are often trained in First Aid and have adequate knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. We recommend that before choosing this path you conduct relevant research. The Professional Association…

  • Childcare for Children with Additional Needs

    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is committed to ensuring that all childcare and Early Years settings in the Borough provide a service that includes all children and support is available to achieve this. Types of Childcare (information about Nurseries, Pre-schools and Childminders) - click here Marvellous Minders…

  • Paying for Childcare

    If you are using registered childcare then you may be entitled to some help paying for it. The main areas of funding are summarised in this section. Free Early Years Education and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds From the start of the term following…

  • A Better Start

    A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of transforming services for very young children. Listening to, learning from and supporting local people We want to give local children the best possible…

Related Services

  • Family Information Service (Southend-on-Sea)

    A confidential, impartial and free service providing information about childcare, support and services for families, children and young people, aged 0-19 years old, in and around the Southend-on-Sea Borough.   Southend's Family Information Service [FIS] can offer additional support designed to help parents and carers…

A Better Start

This is an image

A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of transforming services for very young children.

Listening to, learning from and supporting local people

We want to give local children the best possible start in life. There’s lots of evidence to show that involving people in designing the services they use makes services better.  Parents and carers will be involved every step of the way with A Better Start: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and working alongside paid staff and volunteers to help us test good ideas in practice. 

We’re aiming to make a difference in three areas of children’s lives:

  • Social and emotional development: We want Southend’s children to enjoy good relationships with the people around them, to grow up in loving families and to develop the skills that will help them make stable relationships in future.
  • Communications and Language: We want all children to be able to use speech and language skills confidently so that they are ready to learn and able to succeed when they start school.
  • Diet and nutrition: We want all of our children to be healthy because their mums enjoyed a balanced diet during pregnancy and carried on to give them a healthy start in their early years.

At the start we are focusing on families in six local wards – Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness.

Find out more about A Better Start Southend on our website, Facebook page or email us.

Useful Information

  • New and Expectant Parents

    You will need to inform your GP you are expecting a baby and you will be allocated a midwife. If you require any assistance finding a GP or need to contact a clinic then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service [PALS] on 0800…

  • Children Services

    Families with disabled children may need help from time to time. As a parent/carer, you have the right to ask for your child’s needs to be assessed and you also have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment for yourself, or your other children…

  • Baby and Toddler Groups

    Baby and Toddler Groups welcome any carer including Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Friends and Relatives, Foster Carers, Childminders and Nannies – unless otherwise specified. They offer an environment in which young children can enjoy their first experiences of having fun, making friends and learning away from…

Related Services