Early years and childcare: For Parents and carers

Types of early years and childcare Ofsted inspects

Early years

For settings registered on the Early Years Register, these are the types of early years and childcare that you can search by.

  • Childcare on domestic premises: a group of four or more people working with children in someone’s home.
  • Childcare on non-domestic premises a person or organisation providing care on premises that are not someone’s home, such as a purpose-built nursery, or a village hall. This covers private and voluntary nurseries, pre-schools, out of-school clubs and holiday playschemes.
  • Childminder: childminders on the Early Years Register provide care for one or more children aged between birth and five, to whom they are not related, for reward in someone’s home – usually their own.

Childcare

For settings registered on the Childcare Register, these are the types of early years and childcare that you can search by.

  • Childcare on domestic premises: a group of four or more people working with children in someone’s home.
  • Childcare on non-domestic premises:  a person or organisation providing care on premises that are not someone’s home, such as a purpose-built nursery, or a village hall. This covers private nurseries, playgroups and after-school clubs.
  • Home childcarer: home childcarers care for children from birth up to the age of 18 at the home of one of the children. The children must be from no more than two families at any one time. Nannies and au pairs are the most common examples of home childcare.
  • Childminder: childminders on the Childcare Register provide care for one or more children aged between five and eight, or from eight to 18, in someone’s home – usually their own.

Children's centres

Sure Start Children's Centres provide a range of services for children and their families from pregnancy right through to when a child goes into reception class at primary school. The services are aimed at improving a child’s health and well-being, including readiness for school and the families economic well-being through education and employment.

Annual Report 2012/13

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