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What is a Childminder?

Childminding involves: Looking after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of 2 hours a day on domestic premises (normally in the childminders own home) for reward. Registering and undergoing inspection by Ofsted - demonstrating the quality and…

What is a Day Nursery?

Day Nurseries provide: All day care for babies and children up to the age of 5.  Are generally open from 8.00am - 6.00pm but some run from 7.00am - 7.00pm or longer. Are usually open all year round, except for weekends and bank holidays. There…

What is a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)?

The Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) has a key role in ensuring that there is an awareness and understanding of the SEND Reforms by all of local Health providers of services and supports joined up working between health and local authorities. The DCO has oversight across…

What is a Nanny?

Nannies provide childcare in your own home and are a popular choice for many families. They can look after children of any age and should provide plenty of fun and learning opportunities in a safe environment. Nannies can often work flexible hours and can be…

What is a Parent & Toddler Group?

A Parent and Toddler Group is an informal setting where parents, carers, childminders and their children can go to have fun and meet new people. Parents and carers remain with, and are responsible for, their children throughout the session.  Children can be any age under…

What is a Playgroup?

Playgroup / Pre-schools offer: Play and education sessions for children from 2.5 years to 5 Run by qualified members of staff Children usually stay for sessions of 2-4 hours A range of toys and equipment are provided for the children Playgroups are registered and inspected…

What is A Study programme?

All young people must continue in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday. If you are in education, you should follow a ‘study programme’. A study programme is a type of course which individualises your learning, helps to prepare you for adulthood…

What Is A Supported Internship?

What are Supported Internships? Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills…

What Is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships An apprenticeship is a paid job which combines practical training in the workplace with study. As an apprentice you will: -       work alongside experienced staff; -       gain job-specific skills; -       earn a wage and get holiday pay; and -       study towards a related qualification…

What is Holiday Care?

Holiday Care provides: Care for school age children during school holidays Often based in school premises, youth or community centres. Provide a range of enjoyable activities to suit older children. For Holiday Care that is registered with Ofsted -  Inspection reports can be viewed on…