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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find a nursery or childminder


Search for a nursery or childminder using our Families Information Service (FIS) website

You can find out more on our Families Information Service website about:

  • childcare
  • free play and learn for 2 year olds
  • free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds
  • family support
  • activities and groups

The website also has a Local Offer section which makes it easier to find everything you need to know for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Contact us
Families Information Service
03000 269 995
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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