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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…

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…

About childcare

To support parents to understand the different government childcare schemes and how they interact, a simple poster has been produced to simplify the full childcare offer. If you are claiming benefits or on a low income your two year old may be entitled to funding. Check…

30 hours of childcare

All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. Children are eligible from the term after their 3rd birthday. The government has extended this offer to 30 hours a week for…

0-2 Childcare Funding

How do children get the funding? Children must be referred by a professional such as a Health Visitor or Family Support Worker. All referrals are discussed at a 0-2 multi-agency panel. There is strict criteria that the family must meet to receive this funding. Funding…

Early Years Funding - Information for childcare providers

Early Years Funding has to be claimed by childcare providers on-line  If you want to claim funding you can request to be set up via emailing: education.funding@n-somerset.gov.uk Within the system you will be able to: Check the eligibility of parents or guardians to have funded…

Opening a childcare setting

All reception, nursery classes, day nurseries, childminders, playgroups, pre-schools and after school clubs that accept children within the age range birth to five years old have to follow the early year’s foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. The EYFS ensures children’s safety and that they learn through play. For more information…
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