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Becoming a childminder or starting a childcare business - what you need to know

Childminders look after children in their own home. They have to register with Ofsted or a childminding agency and meet certain requirements. Childminders are usually self-employed and have to be 18 years or older. They: look after at least one child under the age of 8 for…

Early years workforce

North Somerset Early Years Team aims to support the provision of high quality childcare, we have compiled information, links and resources that we believe practitioners will find useful in continuing to develop best practice within North Somerset pre-school settings.  Some have been written by the Early…

Help me find suitable childcare

Think about what you want and need from childcare and what kind of childcare would best suit your needs. For example: Do you need childcare in the evening, early morning or at the weekend?  Will you need additional childcare for school age children during school holidays? What are…

Pre-schools and nurseries

Pre-school A pre-school is an early years setting where young children under statutory school age have the opportunity to learn through play. They are also sometimes known as a playgroup. Pre-schools or playgroups are aimed at children aged 2-5 years. They offer sessional care, for example mornings or…

School nursery class

A school nursery classes provides early education for children aged between 2 and 4. Nursery classes are attached to a primary school. Open during school hours, offering full or half-day sessions.  Children can start in the September following their third birthday (although some accept children throughout…

Health Services from Birth to Adulthood

All children and young people's health needs will change as they grow up, but there are often additional challenges for children with special educational needs or disabilities. Learning about a new diagnosis can also be a challenging event for everyone in the family.  This page…

Your Local Offer for children & young people with Special Educational Needs

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people in North Somerset with special educational needs or a disability - you may see this abbreviated as SEND both here and in various official documents. We have worked with a group of parents, carers and young people…

Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? Guidance about Direct payments and coronavirus/COVID-19 Direct Payments (DPs) are a cash payment made from the council to you so you can buy your own care and support services. A ‘direct payment’ means that the money goes directly from the council’s…
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