Early Years

The Early Years service is primarily responsible for the registration, support and inspection of day care provision for children aged under 12. These services include childminders, playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, out of school provision and the approval of home child carers.

The Early Years Service works to:

  • Protect children
  • Provide reassurance to parents and carers about the care their children are receiving
  • Ensure that services meet an acceptable standard
  • Ensure that people wishing to provide services for children do so within an agreed framework

All registered Early Years provision MUST comply with the Childminding and Day Care for Children Under Age 12 Minimum Standards which is available by clicking here.


Young children play in nursery

Contact Details

Early Years Team

Grove House
Antrim Street
Ballynahinch
BT24 8BA
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Call us(028) 4451 3807
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Concerned about a child?

If you are concerned about any children who are in the care of a childminder or a day care provider you can seek advice from or make a complaint to your local Early Years team on

Call us(028) 4451 3807 

or speak to the safeguarding social workers at the Gateway service on

Call us0300 1000 300