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Blended Childcare

What is Blended Childcare? Early years providers working in partnership to provide the childcare for a child. For example, this could be: A childminder and a pre-school. Two pre-schools. A day nursery and a pre-school. An out of school /holiday provider and a pre-school.  The…

Complaints or concerns about a childcare provider

You should always raise any concerns you may have with your childcare provider. Your childcare provider should have a Complaints Policy, but here are some useful tips on what you should do. Bring up any concerns you have in a formal chat with the childcare…

Already Working in Childcare?

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. Visit the 'Working with…

Tax Credits

Tax credits can help families with children or those who need help paying for childcare. Nine out of ten families with children are eligible for tax credits. Helplines The Tax Credit helpline can help parents to complete their claim form or check the progress of…

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

What is a Junior ISA? A Junior ISA is a tax-efficient investment wrapper that allows parents, grandparents, friends and guardians to invest on a child's behalf. The income and profits earned on the investment will be tax-free. As with standard adult ISAs, there are also cash…

Child Trust Fund

Child Trust Funds are closed to new accounts. You may be able to open a Junior ISA instead. What happens to my child's existing Child Trust Fund account? If it has already been opened, it will continue as usual - and the child will not…

Paying for childcare - Help from your employer

If you are working, ask your employer about childcare help they could offer. There are some good reasons why more and more employers are looking at their employees' childcare needs and trying to find ways to help. Employers rely upon parents as part of their work…

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…

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…

Crèches

A crèche provides supervised childcare for occasional limited periods of time. They enable parents and carers to participate in adult education courses, training or leisure activities nearby.  Crèches may operate all week on a sessional basis, but will usually cater for different children at each…
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