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Help with searching

The search bar lets you search using any combination of category, keywords and location.

  • Category - use this if you know the type of results you want to find
  • Keywords - type one or more words to describe what you are looking for (eg housing)
  • Location - use this to find results which serve your location.  Try a placename such as Godalming, or postcode (KT1 2DW or RH1) etc.

Keyword searching

Typing in a word or a few words into the Keywords box brings you back all entries that contain at least one of the words you have entered.  You can also use special characters to limit your results more closely.

Writing ‘AND’ between two keywords means that all of the results must contain each word, so the example search below brings back only record results containing both 'teenager' and 'homelessness':

Teenager AND homelessness

Using double quotes (") around your search words brings back only results that contain those words as an exact phrase, for example:

"badminton club"


Sorting your search results

You can change the sort order of your search results using the options that are shown in the section just above your results. Depending on the type of search that you have done, your results can appear in any of the following sort orders:

  • Sorted by relevance (ie the best match to your search)
  • Sorted alphabetically (ie in A-Z order of title with numbers first)
  • Sorted by distance (only if you have done a full postcode search)

Childcare finder

Enter your postcode or location to find childcare in your area. You can then narrow your results by selecting a childcare type (such as ‘childminder’) on the right-hand side of the page.

Click on the name of the childcare provider or click Read more to find further information including Ofsted registration number, last inspection date and general details such as school/nursery pick-ups.

  • Updated: 20 Sep 2019

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