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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…

About early years and families

Welcome to the directory! It is maintained by North Somerset's Family Information Service. Select a category below to see local services, events and organisations or search by keyword or postcode using the search above. Check your eligibility for free early education for two year olds, and find out more…

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…

Early Help

In North Somerset we believe that all children and young people should be enabled to reach their fullest potential as individuals, learners and citizens. Early Help plays a key part in achieving this vision by providing: interventions early in life (with young children, including pre-natal…

Schools Accessibility Strategy

Each Local Authority in the UK has a legal requirement to ensure that all children and young people with SEND have access to the National Curriculum. All Local Authorities are required to publish an Accessibility Strategy.   The overall aim is to ensure that North Somerset supports…

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…

Help with childcare costs

Help paying for childcare The Government have produced guidance for parents called 'help paying for childcare', this information talks about tax credits, universal credit, childcare vouchers and help for students that need help while they study.  They also have a useful website called childcare choices which enables parents…
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