Childcare Options

Early learning and childcare gives children a great start in life.

They can…

  • Have fun
  • Learn through play
  • Make new friends
  • Experience new activities
  • Get a good start to education

Always trust your instincts when choosing a setting as we all like different things and childcare is a very personal choice.

All Day Care

Childminder

Nanny

Day Nursery

Childminders are self employed childcare providers delivering flexible childcare in THEIR home. They can regulate their fees and working hours offering good value and great flexibility.

All childminders are Ofsted registered and you can find the Ofsted judgement on your initial visit and view the report on request.

The number of children a childminder can look after depends on Ofsted given “conditions of registration”.

Some, but not all childminders offer free 15 hours a week for 2 years old (if you are eligible for funding), and 3 and 4 years old.

Find your local Childminder here

Your childcare provider can claim an additional £300 per year for your child if you are in receiving of some benefits. To find out more look for Early Years Pupil Premium or contact directly Family Information Service.

Nannies and au-pairs do not need to be registered by Ofsted. They provide care for children from birth up to the age of 18 years in YOUR home. The children must be from no more than 2 families at any time.

Nannies can offer great flexibility and good value for money.

Day Nurseries care for children from birth to 5 years old. Children are usually grouped by age so they can do activities suitable for their age group. Day Nurseries have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and are regularly inspected by Ofsted.

They cater for children of parents in full or part time employment and usually offer long hours.

Day nurseries costs vary but all 3 and 4 years old are entitled to 15 hours a week free, also some 2 years old (if you are eligible for funding). Day nurseries offer flexibility of using this funding grouped into 2 full days or 3, ½ day sessions.

Find your local Day Nursery here

Please note that not all childcare providers are registered to the scheme.

Your childcare provider can claim an additional £300 per year for your child if you are in receiving of some benefits. To find out more look for Early Years Pupil Premium or contact directly Family Information Service.

Sessional Care (AM or PM)

School Nursery

Preschools and Playgroups

All 3 and 4 years old are entitled to 15 hours free, part time learning and childcare. Nursery classes are aimed at 3 and 4 years old and provide 3 hours sessions from Monday to Friday term time only.

Children can be allocated a place in the nursery in the first term after their 3rd birthday.

Nursery schools and classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and are regularly inspected by Ofsted.

To insure a place contact school directly. There is usually a waiting list.

Find your local School Nursery here

Please note that not all childcare providers are registered to the scheme.

Your childcare provider can claim an additional £300 per year for your child if you are in receiving of some benefits. To find out more look for Early Years Pupil Premium or contact directly Family Information Service.

Pre-schools and playgroups provide care for children age 2-5 years old. Sessions are usually 2&3 hours long, during term times. They are held in church halls and community centres and are run by qualified playgroup leaders. Playgroups and pre-schools follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and are regularly inspected by Ofsted. Playgroup and pre-school costs vary but all 3 and 4 years old are entitled to 15 hour a week free of charge, also some 2 years old (if you are eligible for funding).

Find your local Pre-school or Playgroup here

Please note that not all childcare providers are registered to the scheme.

Your childcare provider can claim an additional £300 per year for your child if you are in receiving of some benefits. To find out more look for Early Years Pupil Premium or contact directly Family Information Service.

Childcare Costs

2 Year Old Funding

3 and 4 Year Old Funding

Workplace Voucher

First term after your child’s second birthday your child may be eligible to up to 15 hours a week free childcare.

Families receive a letter from Norfolk county council with asking them to complete an online eligibility check, which results in an eligibility reference number if successful.

Once you have received your eligibility reference number, find an approved childcare provider.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early learning and childcare.

The entitlement starts the first term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

Once you find a registered early learning and childcare provider, talk to them directly about a free, flexible place for your child.

In addition to your 15 hours free childcare, you may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. To check you are eligibility look below

https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

You may choose to use a childcare vouchers, provided by your employer. This scheme is beneficial to them as well as to you.

Most employers who provide them reduce your salary to the value of the voucher and this way no tax or national insurance is paid on that amount.

To find out more look at:

https://www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-childcare/overview