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Types of Childcare

Types of Childcare

The types of Childcare which you choose for you and your child will depend on many factors such as the age of your child, the hours that you are at work or studying, affordability and location.

Childminders: Childminders usually look after children in the childminder's own home. Most will work early mornings, evenings and weekends - and in the holidays. The average cost is around £4.50 per hour in Hartlepool.

Day Nurseries: Opening hours can be from 7.30am - 6.00pm, through this varies. Your child can attend full or part-time sessions. Costs per day can be in the region of £28.00 to £35.00.

Nannies: Nannies come to your home, and will often fit in with non-typical working hours. They man choose to register with Ofsted. Costs vary widely and you may have to pay your nanny's tax and national insurance.

Pre-school Playgroups: Offer sessions of between 2.5 and 4 hours during term time. Many offer 15 hours a week of free early learning for three and four year olds. Costs tend to be charged per session and start at around £9.00 in Hartlepool.

Breakfast Clubs: Breakfast clubs provide a safe place for children - plus a healthy meal - from 7.30am. Costs average around £2.50 per session.

Extended Services: Many schools provide extended services for families. This means things like homework clubs and drame clubs, family learning and parenting support for parents. They are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm and some services are free.

Holiday Clubs: These provide activities for your child during the school holidays. They are usually open from 8.00am to 6.00pm during the summer break and some open over Easter and at half terms. Costs vary, but average at around £18.00 per day.

Out of School Clubs: Out of school clubs provide a safe place for your child to play, study and socialise. They are based in schools, daycare and communicty, and some will collect your child from school. They are usually open from 3.00pm to 6.00pm in term time only. Costs vary; average around £4.50 per session.

This information has been provided directly by the organisation/ service provider. However, it is still always a good idea to contact them to check that nothing has changed.

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