Childcare Vouchers

University staff are eligible to claim childcare vouchers (not to be confused with Child Tax Credits) up to the value of £234 per month.  The scheme is designed to save you money on your childcare costs. For further information please download the Apple Chilidcare policy.

Children aged four years and under

Childcare for children under four years of age is not usually available free of charge in the UK. The range and cost of childcare varies considerably, but it is generally expensive. You should expect to pay at least £35 per day per child for childcare.

There are a number of options available for childcare for children under the age of four years of age including Day Nurseries, Childminders, Nursery Schools and Playgroups.

Day Nurseries

Nurseries accept pre-school children from as young as three months but the exact age will vary at each nursery. There are a wide range of nurseries available in Huddersfield and you should find one that meets your needs and requirements. You should not assume you will be able to obtain a place immediately; your child/children will probably have to be placed on a waiting list.

A list of local day nurseries can be found by clicking here.


There are a number of registered Childminders in the Huddersfield area (childminders are people who look after children in their homes in return for payment).

A list of local childminders can be found be clicking here.

Nursery Schools

Some primary schools in Huddersfield have a nursery class which children attend on a part-time basis (morning or afternoon) from the age of three. There is no charge for this but there is usually a waiting list for places.


There are also playgroups which children over two and a half years old can attend on a part time basis.

Children over the age of four

Children in the UK begin school in the September after their fourth birthday. The earliest they can leave is at the age of 16. If your employment will keep you in the UK for a period of twelve months or more, then they are required by law to attend school. The Local Education Authority will provide a place, free of charge, for them in a school near your place of residence. Lists of schools can be obtained from Huddersfield Council's Education Department. There are also private schools in Huddersfield for which you pay fees. For all information relating to schools, please visit

Primary Schools

Primary Schools cater for pupils from 4 years to 11 years, they can be split into Infant School for 4-7 year olds and Junior Schools for 7-11 year olds.

Usually children go straight from primary school to secondary / high school at age 11.

Secondary Schools

At 11 years old pupils attend secondary schools until they are at least 16 years old. In their final year at secondary school children take their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams.

After the age of 16 there are many options for students, they can remain in education for a further 2 years and take AS-Level and A-Level exams, transfer to another type of college and undertake a different type of qualification, for example a BTEC or NVQ, or they can get a job.


Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Child Services and Skills) is an independent regulator for the British Government.  It inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They produce a report on all facilities that they inspect and these are available on their website:


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