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Types of Childcare - Nurseries, Childminders, Playgroups and Mother and toddler groups

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Day nurseries Day nurseries are an all day care facility for young children aged five and under. Many parents would choose to send their children to a day nursery as they are open all day and throughout the term. They provide a safe, fun environment for children to learn and play. Staff who work at the establishment must have completed a course in first aid and also food hygiene if they are dealing with any kind of food. Nursery nurses have to have a level three qualification. Nurseries are very flexible to suit the parent's needs. Children can attend full time, part time and also in the mornings. Many day nurseries are open the same as a regular school day but some have longer hours. Prices can differ with different day nurseries. Payment can be made at an hourly rate or every session. Some private nurseries can be very expensive as sometimes parents will be charged for extras such as breakfasts, lunch and snacks. Day nurseries will have a daily routine and should have a safe, happy environment for children for them to play and develop. ...read more.


Childminders A childminder is a self - employed professional carer who provides a child with learning opportunities but in a family environment. They must be registered with the office for standards in education, when registered they are checked for training, their police record and their home is inspected to ensure it's a suitable and appropriate environment for children. It is often a hard decision to make employing a childminder as they will be in charge of looking after your children and will need to be a good influence on them. There isn't a set time for a childminder as they are solely responsible for the child/children throughout most of the day; some childminders can also offer to care at the weekend or overnight. There are no set prices for the service of a childminder but payment is typically made at an hourly rate. Childminders should offer many different kinds of activities and games, but by using educational books and toys it can still be entertaining, singing nursery rhymes is also a fun and educational way to motivate young children. ...read more.


Mother and toddler groups A mother and toddler group is very like a playgroup as they are held in hired halls. Parents bring their own children from any age between zeros to four years. They are run by the parents and volunteers. They do not run every day like a pre - school does and are typically only a few sessions a few days a week. The people who organize it and run it do not need any qualifications as they come with their own children. They are not run for profit. There is normally a small fee to pay to help go towards hiring out the hall and paying for any equipment or food. Mother and toddler groups are aimed at parents in the same situation with very young children. It helps for both to socialize and meet new people that they may not meet in every day life They are a great idea, parents can talk and interact with other new parents and could help to ease the pressures of a having a very young baby into their lives. When the children have outgrown mother and toddler groups they can easily move onto playgroups which are very similar and could maybe even stay with the same children. ...read more.

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