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3 & 4 Year Old Funding: 15 and 30 hour offers

Coronavirus Update re 30 hours free childcare and/or tax-free childcare (PDF 85KB)   15 Hour Offer - all children All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early years education. You can start receiving funding the term after your child turns 3. …

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…

Where can I take a funded place?

This Directory lists childcare providers approved by Ofsted and Southampton City Council. The free early education can be taken in a variety of settings in Southampton: school nursery class; nurseries / pre-schools on school sites; independent schools; nurseries or pre-schools in children’s centres; day nurseries; pre-schools and childminders (childminders cannot be funded for…

Childminders in Southampton

This page explains about childminders and what they can offer you and your family.  If you decide to use a childminder, Choosing a Childminder - questions to ask will help you choose the right one. Search for a childminder in Southampton, Become a childminder in Southampton…

Tax-Free Childcare

Coronavirus Update re 30 hours free childcare and/or tax-free childcare (PDF 85KB)   Tax-Free Childcare has been rolled out to nearly two million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for…

SACRE Advice for schools and community groups

Southampton’s SACRE (PDF 655KB) (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) advice has been updated - this document aims to provide advice for schools and community groups to be used alongside their own policies, and in partnership with their families and local communities.

Early Years Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)? It's for children aged 0-5 and covers the time spent in any early years education and childcare setting (including childminders) to the end of reception class in infant or primary school. What will my child learn? The…

Early Learning Funding Information

Funded early education sessions are available for children under 5 in Southampton. They are available from the term after your child turns three, although some funding is available for places for two-year-olds who meet the eligibility criteria. Check out your options for help with paying for childcare on…

Choosing the right childcare setting

Choosing the right kind of childcare setting can be a difficult decision. There are different types of childcare providers: day nurseries and pre-schools for under 5s, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday schemes for school-aged children, childminders who care for children of all age…
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