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Checking childcare quality and Ofsted

Ofsted registers most childcare provision, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register and regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that quality standards are being met.  Inspections are used to provide guidance and support to ensure that children are meeting appropriate milestones as…

Day Nurseries

Day nurseries provide full or part time care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. They are usually open Monday to Friday all year round. Opening times can range between 6am and 8pm, but 8am to 6pm is fairly standard. Nurseries can be private, voluntary…

Early education funding for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds may be eligible to apply for 570 hours of funded early education per year. This covers to up to 15 hours early education funding per week across 38 weeks per year. If you need childcare in the school holidays you could…

Early education funding for 3 and 4 year olds

Every child aged 3 and 4 is eligible to access early education funding.  All children are eligible to the entitlement from the beginning of the funding period following their third birthday. The Department for Education sets the funding period dates as: September Period - between…

Early education funding: 30 hours funding for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year old children are currently entitled up to 15 hours of funded childcare (570 hours per year), but some working parents will be eligible for up to 30 hours of funded childcare (1140 hours per year) if they meet certain criteria.

Legal requirements for staff to child ratio's

Day nurseries and pre-schools must have a staff to child ratio of; 1:8 for children aged 3 to 5 1:4 for children aged 2 to 3  1:3 for children under 2 years Childminders can care for a maximum of 6 children under 8 years old. Of…

Out of School Clubs

Out of School Club is the term used to describe an Ofsted registered sessional activity that takes place outside school hours or during school holidays for children aged 5 to 14. It includes breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday schemes. Some privately run clubs…

Tax-free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a government scheme which helps families with childcare costs.

What is a Pre-School?

A Pre-school provides a safe environment for your child to “Listen, Talk, Play & Share” whilst achieving learning and development milestones, essential within the pre-school years (as outlined in the parents guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage).     Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Childcare settings…

What is the cost of childcare?

The cost will vary according to the age of your child, the hours and type of setting they attend.  If your child is aged 2 years you may be eligible for 15 hours FUNDED childcare.  All 3 and 4 year old children can have 15…