Choosing Childcare

Choosing different types of childcare

After school clubs

After school clubs provide a safe environment for your child when school closes at the end of the day. Most afterschool clubs are open until 5.30pm. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.

You can find an after school club via our Family Services directory.

Breakfast clubs

Breakfast clubs give children the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast in a safe environment before their first class. Attendance of a breakfast club is not mandatory. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.  

You can find a breakfast club via our Family Services directory

Childminders

Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals working in their own home. Childminders can usually care for a maximum of six children under the age of 8 years, and are inspected and regulated by Ofsted. Each Childminder may offer different opening times and many can be flexible to cater for your requirements by sometimes offering childcare into the evening or even overnight care. Many childminders can offer free childcare places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds.

You can find a childminder via our Family Services directory.

Creche

A crèche is a facility that provides occasional care for children under eight for no more than two hours per day. Crèche’s are sometimes located in order to support parents accessing training, or learning in their community.

You can find a creche via our Family Services directory

Day nurseries

Day nurseries provide full day care for children aged 0-5 years. Each nursery will have separate rooms for the different age groups of children, which will contain age appropriate toys, and equipment. Day nurseries are registered and inspected by Ofsted. Day nurseries offer free childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

You can find a day nursery via our Family Services directory.

Holiday clubs

Holiday clubs cater for school age children during the school holidays and provide a safe, stimulating and fun environment for your child to be. Many holiday clubs are school run within the school site, or run by external organisations either on, or away from the school premises.

You can find a holiday club via our Family Services directory

Pre-school playgroups

Pre-school playgroups offer free sessional childcare for 2 to 5 years and will prepare your child for starting school. Pre-school playgroups are inspected and regulated by Ofsted.

You can find a pre-school playgroup via our Family Services directory

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