Articles on Childcare and Early Years (11)

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  1. 30 Hours Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

    The universal entitlement for all 3 and 4 years olds is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (570 hours) of early education. The extended entitlement provides an additional 15 hours for children where parents are eligible. The 30 hour free childcare extended entitlement is…
  2. Becoming a Registered Childminder

    If you are thinking about registering as a childminder you need to have undertaken training and suitability checks. If you want to be paid to look after children under 8 years old for more than 2 hours a day, you must: Register with Ofsted on the…
  3. Childcare Support is Expanding

    The Government are focused on giving children the best start in life and are supporting parents to access affordable, high-quality childcare.  With a £4 billion per year expansion of childcare in England, this is the largest expansion of funded childcare ever.  This will remove barriers to work…
  4. Childcare Vouchers

    Unfortunately, the Government closed the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants on 4th October 2018. If you're a parent looking to join Childcare Vouchers for the first time that option is no longer available to you, because the Government launched a new scheme called Tax-Free…
  5. Free Childcare for 2 Year Olds

    Would you like help with childcare? Do you want to give your child the chance to experience new activities and make new friends before starting school?   Eligible children are entitled to 570 hours annually which equates to three hours per day - term time (although…
  6. Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year old's

    Children aged 3 and 4 year old are entitled to 15 hours of free early education, this is often taken over 38 weeks of the year, starting at the school term after a child turns 3 years old. Some childcare providers offer places more flexibly, you may…
  7. Help with Childcare Costs

      Are you looking for support with childcare costs? In addition to the free early education for 2, 3 or 4 year olds there are other sources of help.  You may also be eligible for help from government childcare schemes. Visit Childcare Choices to use their childcare calculator to…
  8. Parent and Toddler Groups

    Parent and toddler groups provide a meeting place for adults while their children play together and take part in activities. Groups provide an excellent support network. They can also be a great place to make new friends, swap ideas and share parenting experiences. Groups usually…
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