Childminders are self-employed child carers who care for other people's children in a safe and caring environment in their own home.
They may operate as a private business, a voluntary or community organisation or be a nursery school or linked to a school.
Children's centres provide a range of services for children and their families, including childcare and early learning aimed at parents and carers of children aged under 5.
The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support by visiting the Childcare Choices website or by visiting the financial support and help with childcare costs page.