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Pre-schools and maintained nurseries

Pre-schools - also known as playgroups - offer young children the chance to learn and play in small groups, often close to their home. 'Maintained nurseries' are pre-schools run by schools. Pre-schools and maintained nurseries are registered with Ofsted and inspected regularly. All staff must…

Nurseries

Nurseries are for children under five years old to play, learn and have fun in groups while their parents work, study or are busy elsewhere. Nurseries are registered with Ofsted and are regularly inspected by them.  All staff must have a Disclosure and Barring Service…

Southampton Early Years and Childcare – Provider led Training Opportunities

The training courses below are run or organised by Southampton based registered Early Years Providers. These courses are run independently from Southampton City Council. To book on any of the courses please contact the relevant person for each course. Southampton City Council cannot guarantee availability…

Working with families

In this section of the website you will find useful information if you're working with children and families, or in a child-related job in the city, or if you're interested in starting a new career in this exciting area of work. To hear from existing professionals…

Paying for childcare - help for students

Multiple types of financial support is available to students to help fund general learning and childcare costs. Southampton Children and Young People's Information Service will be happy to give you information about finding and choosing high quality childcare that will suit your child, or try our…

Paying for childcare - Help for lone parents

Work preparation support Work preparation support is provided by Job Centre Plus for getting people back into work. A lone parent, whose youngest child is under 16, and is either not working or is working under 16 hours a week, can get help under this scheme. There…

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a regular payment made to anyone bringing up children. It is paid for each child that qualifies and isn't affected by income or savings. Who is eligible? You'll be able to get Child Benefit if you're bringing up a child who is…

Care to Learn - Childcare funding for teenage parents

Care to Learn (C2L) provides financial support for teenage parents who want to continue in, or return to learning. It helps with the cost of their childcare and travel. What learning can a young parent do and what childcare will be funded? Care to Learn…

Choosing a Childminder - Questions to ask

Questions to ask your childminder Have you any vacancies? How long have you been childminding? What extra training have you done? What other children do you care for, and how old are they? Are you an inclusive setting and what particular knowledge and expertise do…

Childcare Vouchers vs Tax-Free Childcare

What is Tax-Free Childcare? Tax-Free Childcare is a new government initiative which being slowly rolled out from early 2017, and will replace the existing Childcare Voucher Scheme in April 2018. For eligible families, Tax-Free Childcare offers to cover 20% of childcare costs (up to £2,000 per child, per year), for…
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