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Childcare Options

There are several options for childcare depending on what you need and the age of your child. You will find short descriptions of different types of childcare below:


Individuals looking after children on domestic premises, which is not the home of any of the children being cared for. Childminders must be registered with Ofsted.

Day nursery

Provision for children from 6 months to school aged on non domestic premises. Care is available all year round. Must be registered with Ofsted to care for Early Years children.

School nursery

Early education offered on the school site during school hours for children aged 3 and 4 years. Some may take 2 year old.

Home Childcarer

Individuals caring for children of no more than two families in the home of one of the children. Home Childcarer’s do not need to be registered with Ofsted but may choose to be on the Voluntary Childcare Register.

Out of school clubs

Provision that operates before and after the school day for children of school age. Privately run provisions must be registered with Ofsted unless they operate for less than 14 days per year. School run out of school provisions are run under the school umbrella.

Holiday schemes

Provision that offers childcare during the school holidays between the hours of 8am – 6pm for children of school age. As out of school provisions.

Independent school nursery

As school nursery. 15 hours free entitlement can be taken at these nurseries and additional education is fee paying.

Pre school groups

Early provision for children between the ages of 2 years and school age on non domestic premises.  Must be registered with Ofsted.

Childcare on Domestic premises

Four or more people looking after children on domestic premises, including childminders and their assistants. Must be registered with Ofsted.

Childcare on Non Domestic premises

Childcare on premises that are not domestic premises, such as a nursery or pre-school. Must be registered with Ofsted.