Finding childcare in Salford

Salford Starting Life Well Service provides free information and advice about childcare services for children in Salford.

Salford has a wide range of quality childcare provision, Ofsted registered, which includes:

  • Day nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Pre-school playgroups
  • Out of school clubs

You can search for childcare, remember not all childcare providers choose to have their services available to view online, so if you cannot find what you need please contact us at or call us on 0161 909 6508, option two, and one of our expert advisors will be happy to help.

How to choose quality childcare for your child

Most parents wonder what to look out for when they start looking for childcare. Ofsted, the childcare regulator inspects all registered providers, including schools and will grade their provision. Ofsted inspectors are using a four-point grading scale for each of the three key judgements they make and the overall effectiveness of the provision. The grades are:

  • Grade 1: outstanding
  • Grade 2: good
  • Grade 3: requires improvement (new grade wording to replace satisfactory)
  • Grade 4: inadequate

The Ofsted grade for all childcare settings is shown on our childcare search. We have produced a handy checklist to help you choose quality childcare that is available to download below.

The Family and Childcare Trust have also produced useful information on choosing quality childcare and they also provide information on choosing a registered childminder.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (2012) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child's development in the four prime learning and development areas, this check is undertaken when the child is two years of age. It enables early identification of development needs so that additional support can be put into place.

Can't find suitable childcare?

If you are working, or studying or you are looking to return to work or study and have not been able to find childcare to suit your needs, please contact us on 0161 909 6508 (option 2), or alternatively you can email your enquiry to

Looking for other activities?

If you are not looking for childcare to support your work or study needs you can access information on other types of services and support in Salford that may meet your needs, eg Sure Start children's centres, holiday playschemes, sport activities by searching on our service directory.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

This page was last updated on 16 December 2014

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