|1.||Early Years Education||2.||Childminders||3.||Day Nurseries|
|4.||Nursery School||5.||Nursery Units of Independent School||6.||Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes|
|7.||Pre-Schools||8.||Extended Day Pre-Schools||9.||Concerns in Your Child's Progress|
|10.||Services and Support||11.||Prepare for Primary School|
A nursery will usually only take children from 2.5 to 5 years and provide early education exercises such as communication, teaching letters, numbers, shapes personal, social and emotional development to prepare for primary school. Nurseries usually run alongside the same timetable as a primary school but may have longer opening hours.
Nurseries are usually open during term times.
Nurseries are usually Ofsted registered and are inspected by Ofsted. If there is a particular nursery you are interested in, you can ask the nursery to view or have a copy their last inspection or download a copy from the Ofsted Website.
Cost of a Nursery
Nurseries can choose their own costing, which can also be different depending on the child's age, if they offer discount for siblings, etc. Nurseries offer 15 hours' free childcare and some also offer 2, 3 and 4 year old free childcare. You will need to confirm with the nursery as to what they offer.
If you need help with childcare costs, you may benefit from schemes such as:
- Tax Credit/Universal Credit - You may be eligible for certain tax credits or universal credit if your family has a low income ;
- Childcare Voucher - your employer may offer the childcare vouchers scheme which allows you to have your money diverted from your salary before you get it and before it is taxed. Check with your employer to see if they offer this.