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A parent's guide to childcare and day nurseries

Day has put together a number of helpful guides for parents seeking childcare for their children.

Types of Childcare

There are many types of childcare available including:

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced to enable evaluation of childcare providers and to ensure the same goals and principles are used in every form of childcare. From September 2008 all childcare providers are required by law to work with the EYFS.

If your child has special educational needs or is identified by a childcare provider as having special educational needs then your child may be given extra help and support. The support needed is set out in different levels.

More about special needs

There a wide range of childcare solutions available to you as parents. Choosing a childcare solution can be difficult but we hope to make this a little easier with our guide to choosing childcare. Our guide shows you what to look for and which questions to ask

More information on choosing a day nursery

When you first visit a nursery to look around it is best to not take your child as visiting several nurseries could be unsettling for them and it is  often more difficult to ask lots of questions and concentrate while you have your child with you.

More information about settling your child into a day nursery

Every child aged between 3 and 5 years is entitled to five sessions of two and a half hours a week (12.5 hours) of free early years education and care. This can be added together and taken as full day care or as combinations of sessions. The entitlement covers 38 weeks of the year (A full school year). Most childcare providers offer this but please check before counting on it.

More about Free Childcare