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Types of Childcare

Types of Childcare

Choosing childcare is an important step for any parent. You need to find the type of childcare that will best suit your needs as well as your child's.

The following care services are regulated by the Care Inspectorate and are subject to regular inspection.

For more information on regulation please visit the Care Inspectorate's website at: www.careinspectorate.com

Childminders

Childminders look after children in the childminder’s home. As they are self-employed childminders set their own charges and hours of operation so these vary depending upon the individual. They should provide your child with lots of care, fun and learning. Childminders can make the most of local parks, playgrounds, toy libraries, drop-in groups and community centres.

Nurseries

Nurseries are run by a team of staff and activities and learning experiences are planned by skilled staff to enhance every aspect of a child's development. Some Nurseries also work in partnership with their local authority to provide funded, part time funded early learning and childcare places for three and four year olds. At nursery, children are involved in activities such as playing, learning new skills and developing social skills.

Playgroups

Playgroups provide sessions of play and education for children and are run by volunteers and/or parents. Children can take part in activities such as, art, craft and construction activities, sand and water play, adventure play, music and movement, books and stories etc, as well as the opportunity to socialise with other children. Some Playgroups also work in partnership with their local authority to provide funded, part time funded early learning and childcare places for three and four year olds.

Out of School Care Clubs

Out of school clubs are for school-age children. They offer your child a safe, stimulating place in which to play or take part in activities and crafts before and/or after school hours. Clubs must be registered with the Care Inspectorate if they are caring for children for more than two hours a day and more than six days per year. They are run outside school hours by a team of staff, sometimes called playworkers.

Care in the Child’s Home

Care in the Child’s Home or Sitter Services supply or introduce parents to a child carer who looks after children or young people up to the age of 16, wholly or mainly in a parent’s own home. Sitters can assist in ensuring established routines continue in familiar surroundings.

Nannies

Nannies are childcare providers who are employees of the family for whom they work. They may live-in or come on a daily basis and may be full or part time. Nannies are not required to register with the Care Inspectorate on an individual basis, though agencies which introduce nannies to families are required to register as Childcare Agencies.