Types of Childcare
This section provides information on the types of childcare available in the UK.
All childminders and day-care providers caring for young children under eight must be registered by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) on the Early Years Register (or in Wales, by the Care Standards Inspectorate). This includes a criminal records check and an inspection of the child care location. Childcare providers caring for children aged five to seven years must join the compulsory part of the Ofsted Childcare Register.
For more information on childminding and day-care, visit the Pre-School & Nursery School page in the Education section of the Family topic.
There are many options for childcare in the UK. To find a childcare facility, visit the websites below:
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