Types of childcare
There are different types of childcare available in Herefordshire including childminders, day nurseries, preschools, play groups, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday clubs. All three and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours free childcare, while some may be eligible for up to 30 hours childcare. Some two-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours per week funded childcare. You can find out more information through Childcare Choices.
A childminder is someone who is paid to look after children usually aged under 12 for more than two hours a day. They do this in their home and not the child's. Every childminder must be registered with Ofsted and is inspected in the same way as day nurseries and preschool/playgroups.
Day nurseries provide care and education for children from six weeks to five years old, but the age range covered varies from nursery to nursery. All day nurseries are registered with Ofsted.
Pre-schools/playgroups provide care and education for children generally from two to five years old, but the age range covered varies at each provider. All day pre-schools/playgroups are registered with Ofsted.
Breakfast clubs and after school clubs offer supervised play and care for school aged children before and after the school day. Some clubs operate during school holidays. Some of these clubs are registered with Ofsted.
Sometimes called maintained nurseries, local authority nurseries are funded by central government and run by Herefordshire Council. Go to the council’s website for more details and to find out which schools offer maintained nursery places.
The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Visit Childcare Choices.
You can also search for a childcare provider Ofsted report on Ofsted’s website.