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Nursery Care For Your Child

downloadAccording to DWP or department of work & pensions surveys, 76% of mothers return to work within 12-18 months of their kid’s birth. Options for daycare during working period of time in the UK commonly are; being looked after by another friend or family member, child-minders, or professional nursery care.

Nursery care is offered by day nurseries, with approximately 15,000 in the UK and roughly two-thirds of kids in the UK under 5 years of age attending a day nursery for some part of the week. Nursery care is typically available for kids 0-5 years of age. However, do check with your regional providers as some nurseries will take kids from 6 months or some only from 2 years of age. Open time are usually from 8am-6pm and some work additional hours for an additional cost or services such as school pick-ups or drop-offs and holiday clubs for teenagers. Children can attend on a part time or a full-time basis. Some nurseries provide nursery care year-round and others only provide term-time contracts so, again, it is worth checking. In the UK, kids older 3 and over are eligible for 15 free hours of nursery care weekly starting in the term following their third birthday. Again, it is worth checking with your regional provider as not all nursery centers provide the free efforts and there can be some restrictions around their use. It is important to ensure that the nursery care organization you are considering for your kid is Ofsted authorized. Nurseries are required to register with Ofsted to meet the national standards which relate to their relevance as carers of kids, the safety of premises and facilities, insurance policy and documentation. In addition, daycare vouchers and help with costs via tax credits can only be used in Ofsted-registered establishments.