Last updated:
15 November 2017

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Types of childcare

Find out about the different types of childcare available.

Childcare is the care and education provided at any setting (place) in which your child is looked after without you being present. This may be at a pre-school playgroup, day nursery, childminder, nanny or home childcarer, breakfast club, after school club, holiday play-scheme or crèche. 

You may need to use childcare if you are working, studying, training or simply need time without your children. However, you may also want your child to attend childcare for new opportunities to play, make friends and for their learning and development. 

Ofsted registered childcare, for children under 5, includes not only care but early education. Free entitlement (early education) places are available for all 3 and 4 year old children, and some 2 year olds

The childcare you choose depends on the age and development of your child and what you want for them. The type and length of care you need will depend on what fits in with your daily life and needs. 

The Family Information Service (FIS) leaflet, ‘Discover Childcare’, available below, explains the choices available, a description of each type of childcare provider and tips on how to recognise quality childcare. 

When you are ready to search for childcare providers in West Sussex visit the Family Information Service website or contact us for a list.

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