Choosing childcare is a big step for you and your child. Not only do you have to decide which type of provision suits you and your child best, but you need reassurance that your child will be:
- well looked-after
The right childcare provider will help your child to learn, have fun and make new friends, as well as meeting all their day-to-day needs.
Childcare providers that look after children form birth to eight years old for more than two hours a day, for pay or reward must register with Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). This means they are inspected regularly to make sure the care they provide meets the regulations set by Ofsted and all staff have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
There are many different types of childcare available, you can combine them to find the solution which best meets your needs. Before you make your final decision it is advisable to look at several local options to get an idea of what's available.
Types of childcare options
- Day nurseries/pre-schools and playgroups
- School nurseries
- Out of school care – breakfast and after school clubs and holiday playschemes