You may need to know what childcare is available to help you either have a break or to provide childcare for your grandchildren so that their parents can work or study. Whether it be ad hoc or every day, it is always useful to find out what childcare is available to help you and to encourage your grandchildren to mix with others their own age.
Childcare takes many forms and usually is shaped round the age and needs of children. Here we look at the main childcare opportunities for 0-5 year olds and how to find out more. It is important and reassuring to know that childcare services are covered by the Childcare Act 2006 and are regulated by Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) although not all childcare facilities require Ofsted approval...
There are different types of childcare available, you need to go over all the options and decide which form will work the best for you and your child’s needs.
- Childminders: self-employed childcarers who will look after your child, as well as other children, probably in their own home
- Day nurseries: provide care and education for children aged from six weeks up to five years old.
- Nannies: employed by you, and look after your children in your home.
- Nursery schools and classes: provide early education, from ages three to five years. These placements can be full-time or half-day sessions.
- Playgroups: a not-for...
How much will childcare cost me?
The average cost of a full-time nursery place for a child under two is £141 per week, and costs for children over two tend to be less. However, these costs can vary depending on areas, types of childcare etc. Some nurseries charge up to Ј350 per week.
I’ve gone back to work - can I get help towards the cost of childcare?
You may be eligible for financial assistance, through Tax Credits; contact the Tax Credit helpline on 0854 300 3900 to find out more. Some employers also have crиche or nursery places available, or may be able to help with childcare vouchers, view the Daycare Trust’s information sheet for further...
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