Early Years and Family Information

Early Years and Family Information Services in Kingston

Children's services in Kingston are provided by Achieving for Children (AfC).   

Achieving for Children is a community interest company created by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide their children's services.

If you are looking for information on children's or family services or support in Kingston, you will find it on the Community Information section of the AfCinfo website

On the website you can find information about:

  • early education funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and 30 hours childcare offer
  • Childcare
  • early years services (including support for childcare providers in Kingston)
  • Family Information Service
  • Children's Centres
  • Parenting support
  • Emotional Health Services
  • Leisure activities for children and young people

Information on support and services for families including children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities can be found on the SEND Local Offer section of the AfCinfo website.

Information for young people can be found on the Young People's section of AfCinfo website.

When do we get free early education?

  • some children are eligible for free childcare and early education from the term after their second birthday
  • all children are eligible for free early education funding from the term following their third birthday

What are the benefits for me and my child? 

This is a very important stage for your child's development. Early education means they will:

  • learn
  • play with friends
  • experience new activities
  • get ready for school

You don't have to be working to get free childcare but you might choose to:

  • take up a college course
  • go back to work
  • get ideas on how to help your child learn and play
  • or just have more time for other things!  

If you need more information visit the government's Childcare Choices website