If you need help finding local childcare places, you can contact your local Children’s Centre.
There are different types of childcare providers:
The majority of childminders look after children in the childminder’s own home, however they can also look after children in other suitable non-domestic premises.
Childminders can support your child’s daily routine and also have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which supports your child’s education in the same way as a nursery or pre-school. Ask them about 'Learning Journeys' which are written records they must complete detailing your child's learning and development.
All childminders have to have insurance and follow safeguarding and health and safety policies. You can ask to see a copy of these when you visit, along with copies of their latest Ofsted inspection.
Nursery Classes in Schools:
Nursery classes in schools provide early education and childcare and can offer full day and sessional places.
Local authority nurseries are part of a nursery or primary school maintained by the local county council.
Private nursery schools or classes are owned privately or independently. They may be a run from a nursery unit of an independent school. Some nursery schools offer a particular educational approach, for example Steiner or Montessori.
Day nurseries offer early learning and childcare for children from babies to school age. They are located on non-domestic premises and your child can attend full-time or part-time.
Pre-Schools and Playgroups
Pre-schools and playgroups provide early years learning and childcare. They are usually run by the private, voluntary or independent sector and are based within the local community.
Home-based childcare is when the person employed to provide care does so in your own home. They could be a:
- Home child carer/nanny
- Au pair
Out of School Clubs and Holiday Care
Once your child has started to attend full-time school you may find you still need childcare to help you with mornings, late afternoons or holidays.
Breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and holiday play schemes may be available at times which can help you balance your family and work life
Free childcare places:
For two year olds:
Take2 is a scheme offering up to 15 hours of free early learning and childcare per week for eligible two-year-olds in Norfolk. Early learning and childcare is great for children, they can learn through play, make new friends, try different activities and get a good start to their education.
For three and four year olds:
Free early education and childcare is available to all 3 and 4-year-olds living in England. At present they are entitled to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.
From September 2017, the Government will be extending the free childcare entitlement for working parents, to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.
A child will receive free childcare until they reach statutory school age or attend school in reception class (Year R).
Parents / carers: please click the link and read a booklet about Early Education Funding entitlement before signing the funding form provided by the childcare setting.