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Childcare

Childcare
Quick Links: Day Nurseries

To find local child care in your area please click here.

This service is supported by the Family Information Service. They give free and unbiased information to parents and carers regarding the different types of childcare and family support services available in Essex. Here you will be able to locate the nearest childcare to your chosen location or type of provide and even build a 'shortlist'.

You can also contact them on 0800 055 6874 or email: fis@essex.gov.uk

The different forms of childcare available


Childminders
  • Are self employed and provide care for between one and six children under 8 years old, in the childminder's own home
  • May care for additional children aged between 8 and 15 years old
  • May drop and pick up children from school or playgroup, and can provide flexible opening times for overnight and weekend care
  • Accredited childminders can offer Nursery Education Funded places
  • For information on Childminders or help with paying for Childcare contact the Family Information Service on 08000 556874. email fis@essex.gov.uk or click here.
Day Nurseries
  • Are private providers offering care for children from 0-5 years
  • Children are cared for in age groups, and take part in a wide range of group activities
  • Have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends
  • Accredited nurseries are eligible for Nursery Education Funding
Maintained Nursery Settings
  • Are based on school sites
  • Offer teacher supported learning though play, based around the Foundation Stage (Birth to 3) Curriculum, for 3 and 4 year olds prior to their entry to school
  • Open during term time only

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Pre-Schools (Playgroups)
  • Provide sessional and wrap-around care, and learning through play for pre-school children
  • Offer an introduction to group play away from Parents or Carers
  • Some may offer Nursery Education Funded places
Crèche
  • Provide short term on site care, often based in shopping centres, sport or learning facilities
  • Children are cared for while parents attend specific training, sport or leisure facilities
  • Most provide care for children aged 0-8 years
Approved Childcarers
  • Offers childcare in the child’s own home
  • Can be a particular benefit for parents who work unconventional hours, and for children with additional needs
  • Parents may benefit from tax credits
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