London Borough of Croydon

Croydon’s registered childcare providers

All of Croydon’s registered childcare providers are listed on:

You can search by entering a postcode and a distance and the type of provider. This will show you childcare matching your search, their Ofsted grade and date of last inspection together with details about their service including hours and costs as well as other information given by the provider. 

The average 2018 cost for childcare in Croydon was between £5 and £6 per hour.

Help with childcare costs

Early education funding

If you have a 2 year old you may be entitled to 570 hours of funded childcare a year, usually taken as 15 hours a week over 38 weeks, from the term following their second birthday. You will have to meet criteria so to see if you are eligible, log on to and follow the links under 2 Year Old Funding.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 570 hours of funded childcare a year (again usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks) from the term following their third birthday.

If you are a working family, your 3 or 4 year old may be entitled to an additional 570 hours a year, sometimes referred to as 30 hours or extended entitlement. To see if you are eligible log on to applications are only made to HMRC via this website. 

You must apply the term before you want to use the additional hours and you will need to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.

Tax-free childcare

This is a government scheme for working families. You can open an online account to pay providers (who are signed up to the scheme) for your childcare and the government will top up the money you pay in.  For every £8 you pay in the government will add £2. You can receive up to £2000 a year for each child under 12. 

For more details, log on to

Tax free childcare can be used with the universal and extended 3 and 4 funding but not with Universal or Tax Credits not the old Childcare Vouchers.

Tax Credits or Universal Credit for childcare

This is for working families entitled to Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, who work 16 hours a week or more. You may be able to claim up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16. 

To see if you are eligible, log on to

Help when studying

If you are studying there may be help from Care to Learn if you are in sixth form or in school, through your college if you are in further education or through the Childcare Grant Scheme if you are in higher education. Log on to for more information.