How can I register for Childcare Expo?

You can register for free here 

Who can attend?

If you work within the early years sector then you can visit Childcare Expo for free.

Can students attend?

Childcare Expo is a trade event therefore not suitable for students to attend.

Can I bring children to the events?

You are more than welcome to bring children to Childcare Expo providing that they are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. However, please note that children are not permitted into the seminar theatre. Children under the age of 16 do not need to register for the event.

Is the show free to attend?

It is free to attend the exhibition, the workshops and all feature areas at Childcare Expo.  Optional seminar sessions cost £15 when booked in advance and £21 when booked at the show. All prices include VAT.

Can I register on arrival to the show?

Yes, you may register on arrival to the show. Please go to the registration desk to do so.

Will I receive my entry badge before the event?

Yes, you will receive your badge via email. Please print your PDF badge in colour and bring it with you to the event to ensure quick access into the exhibition. A plastic wallet will be provided for your badge on arrival.

Can I attend more than one day?

Yes, your visitor badge gives you access to both days of the exhibition.

How do I register for seminar sessions?

You will be prompted to register for seminar sessions when you register as a visitor.  If you wish to register for seminars after you have registered, you can do so by logging back into your registration hub.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email which will have a link to take you back to your registration hub.  If you have lost or not received this confirmation email, please contact us on 01425 838393 to ask for the email to be re-sent.

Do I need to register for workshop sessions?

No, workshop sessions are free for visitors to attend, simply turn up and join in.

Will photographs and videos be taken at the event?

Yes, by registering for Childcare Expo you agree to allow any photographs or videos taken by the official event photographer and videographer at the show, of either you or children in your care, to be used in publicity materials by Broadway Events.

Venue Information, Travel and Accommodation 

Where does the event take place?

Childcare Expo Midlands will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, visit our When & Where page for full address details.

How do I get there?

Visit our When & Where page for full transport details.

What date/time does the show open?

Childcare Expo Midlands 2018 opening times are:

Friday 28th September 2018 10am – 4pm

Saturday 29th September 2018 10am – 4pm

Is there a cloakroom?

There will be a cloakroom available just outside the exhibition hall available for a small fee.

Is there a cash point?

There is a cash point in the atrium near the main entrance. Major bank branches can be found on Foleshill Road, Coventry CV6 5AU.

How do I find my way around the show once I have arrived?

When you arrive at the show, you will receive a complimentary Event Guide which includes a floor plan of the exhibition, details of exhibitors and feature areas.

Are there disabled facilities at the venue?

The Ricoh Arena has been purpose built to be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and amendments and allows unrestricted access to all facilities within the venue.

Provisions for disabled visitors include 100 disabled parking bays, easy low gradient access from these bays into the venue, voice and visual indicators and accessible buttons in lifts, handrails on ramps and stairs, disabled toilets on all levels, restaurant and bar access for wheelchair users.

Assistance dogs are welcome at the Ricoh Arena.

Taking Part in Childcare Expo

Are there speaking opportunities available at the show?

If you would like to submit a seminar or workshop proposal to speak at Childcare Expo, please visit our Speaking page and complete the proposal form.

International Information 

Do I need a visa?

Not sure if you need a visa to visit the UK? To take a look at the UK Border Agency information page for help, click here.

I require an invitation letter to assist with my visa application. How do I apply?

Unfortunately we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which is sufficient for visa application.