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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 old children in England are eligible for 15 hours of Early Education Funding.

Early Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds

Every child aged 3 and 4 is eligible to access early education funding.  Any child is eligible to the entitlement from the beginning of the funding period following their third birthday to the beginning of the funding period following their fifth birthday The Department for…

Early Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds - 30 Hours

All 3 & 4 year old children are currently entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare (570 hours per year), but some working parents will be eligible for 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…

Registered Childcare

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…

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&4 year old children can have 15 hours FUNDED…

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the legal requirement for registered childcare provisions, and a framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years, through a range of activities to meet the needs of all children. All registered early years providers…

What Qualifications do Childcare Staff Need?

All Pre-schools, Day Nurseries must have a Manager qualified to at least Level 3 in Childcare or Early Years  and half the staff on L2 to be working towards higher qualifications.  Staff are required to continue training and updating their knowledge on a regular basis.…