Childcare and Schools in London

An Insider’s Guide to Living in London

This London relocation guide is to help new Londoners and expats get settled in the capital. This e-book explores all of the practical issues you may face when moving to a new country and it answers the questions that many others have asked before you. Read on and learn about the London rental market, how to set up all basics and utilities, how to find a school for your child, leisure centres, groceries, taxes – and a lot more. The guide includes actionable insights and direct links to official websites that can help you along the way.

London with kids

This issue covers your little ones - Childcare and schooling is as vital as being sociable, whether it’s showing you the difference between private education and state-school, or a rough guide as to how much childcare costs - it’s loaded with useful stuff you’ll require during your stay.

The guide includes actionable insights and direct links to of cial websites that can help you along the way.


Top of the class: Your guide to London’s schools and leisure for little ones

Hard work and plenty of play are the order of the day in this- the fourth chapter of our series guiding you through the nuances of relocating to London. In this chapter we will compare childcare costs for your under 5s, look at private vs state schooling and highlight admission deadlines.

So sit down, pay attention, because here we go.

4.1 Pre-School Childcare

  • Registered Childminders
  • Day Nurseries
  • Nursery Schools
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs
  • Childcare Costs

4.2 Schools

  • When to Start
  • Private vs State Education
  • Application Deadlines
  • International and Expat School

4.3 Family Fun

  • Action
  • Parks
  • Music
  • Community

4.1 Pre-School Childcare

Children in the UK start school when they’re 4 or 5 years old. Before that there are many options for quality, flexible childcare that meet your requirements. Whether you need full-time care while you’re in the office, or just a few part-time hours to stimulate and socialise your little ones; there are several options for both.

Registered Childminders

These self-employed childcare practitioners are registered and audited by Ofsted and take care of children in their own home. This helps to create an authentic, nurturing environment and with very small capacities, guarantees pretty dedicated care. Childminders can also care for your school-age child before and after school, taking them in and collecting them at the end of the day.

A useful tool is to use the website that allows you to search for registered childminders within your local council. Other great resources for finding childminders include and

Day Nurseries – Children aged between 3 months and 5 years

Either privately run, community focused, sponsored by the local authority or set up exclusively by an employer for its employees; day nurseries offer care and education for children aged 3 months – 5 years. Classes separated by age ensure activities are tailored to your child’s developmental stage and detailed daily reports will let you know exactly how your bundle of joy spent their day.