Understanding the Types of Childcare Available

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Please read the following for an explanation of the different types of childcare available in Monmouthshire:
 
Day Nurseries 
 
Registered Day Nurseries provide full daycare for babies and children up to the age of 5. All Day Nurseries are registered and inspected by The Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW).
 
Most Day Nurseries are open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday. Some Nurseries operate breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday clubs, early openings, late finishes, school pick ups and drop offs and wrap around care. Day Nurseries are usually open all year around (apart from Christmas and New Year) including school holidays and inset days.
 
Costs can vary and you may be able to claim help towards the cost of childcare. Check if you qualify for Tax Credits.  Day Nurseries can be a member of Wales Pre-School Providers Association
 
See all Monmouthshire's Day Nurseries here
 
Childminders:
 
Registered childminders are professional childcarers who work in their own homes to provide care and learning opportunities for other people's children in a family setting. They care for children aged six weeks to eight years.
 
Childminders provide flexible care. Because childminders look after a small number of children they can offer individual attention. They provide children with the opportunity to form friendships, learn and develop in a safe caring environment.
 
Childminders are usually registered to look after a maximum of six children under eight years of age. Of those six children, no more than three may be under five years of age. Of these three children, no more that two may be under 18 months of age; although exceptions can be made for siblings. These ratios include a childminder's own children. Childminders can care for children over 8 years of age, but these are not counted in the ratios.
 
Costs can vary and you may be able to claim help towards the cost of childcare. The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) recommends that childminders be paid in advance. Check if you qualify for Tax Credits.
 
See all Monmouthshire Childminders here
 
Playgroups: 
 
Registered playgroups, also known as pre-schools or Cylchoedd Meithrin can be run by community or voluntary groups, Local Authority or privately.
 
Playgroups offer a safe and stimulating environment in which children can play and learn with other children from their local community.
 
Most playgroups open for morning or afternoon sessions only, for between 2 and 4 hours, up to 5 days a week. Most children are aged between 2½ and 5 years; although they may take some children aged 2. Most pre-schools operate term time only.
 
Trained, experienced staff work with the children. Volunteers and parents often help out. They offer a range of activities for children providing play and learning opportunities.
 
Playgroups charge a fee. Costs can vary and you may be able to claim help towards the cost of childcare. Check if you qualify for Tax Credits.  Playgroups can be a member of Wales Pre-School Providers Association
 
See all Monmouthshire Playgroups here
 
Out of School Clubs:
 
Registered out of school clubs are for school aged children. Out of school clubs are usually based in or near schools. Activities are planned so that children can relax, learn and play with their friends.
 
Out of school clubs include Before School Clubs, After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs. Free Breakfast Clubs may also be available at your child's school.
 
Out of school clubs charge a fee.  Costs can vary and you may be able to claim help towards the cost of childcare.  Check if you qualify for Tax Credits.  Not all Momouthshire Out of School Clubs are registered with CSSIW.  Out of School Clubs can be a member of Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s clubs (CPCKC).