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Childcare And Recreation Information Service (CARIS) Ayrshire is the comprehensive source of online information on all childcare provision covering North, South and East Ayrshire council areas including:

  • childminders
  • nurseries and Early Years establishments
  • playgroups
  • crèches
  • out of school care
  • ante and pre schooling

CARIS provide a range of information available on registered and non-registered provision including:

  • parent and toddler groups
  • leisure activities
  • recreational activities
  • youth groups
  • after-school clubs

We can give you information to help you decide on a particular type of childcare suitable to your needs. This information can be searched for in a wide variety of formats such as:  

  • by local authority
  • town
  • local area
  • postcode
  • within a set radius of your home or workplace address.

CARIS can also provide financial advice to make you aware of possible funding or benefits available to you. 

In addition to childcare, CARIS has an online directory of services for parents, professionals and carers. This holds an extensive range of useful information on a variety of topics including:

  • Parenting and family support
  • Additional support needs
  • Child protection
  • Advice agencies
  • Education and libraries


CARIS - Ayrshire
Childcare and Recreation Information Service
Springvale Resource Centre
Sannox Drive
KA21 6JG
Telephone: 0845 351 3000
Follow us on Twitter: @CARISAyrshire
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