The provision of childcare is a hot topic for both the Government and families. Difficult to find and often expensive, lack of help has in the past prevented parents from returning to work. However, new schemes have been launched aimed at helping parents to achieve financial independence.
Local knowledge is also useful - try asking your health visitor for advice.
When you've won your childcare place then it may be that there are fees to pay. Check whether the provider offers flexible payment dates and a discount for paying by Direct Debit. That way they can be guaranteed the money and you will know it is automatically taken care of.