SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Early Years Education, Support and Childcare - provision in Coventry, funding options and eligibility

There are a number of childcare options available in Coventry 

Day Nurseries

  • A group setting which provides childcare for children from birth to five years.
  • Some nurseries will offer holiday care for school-aged children.
  • These are privately owned businesses.

Reasons to choose a day nursery

  • Most day nurseries are open from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm all year round, except on Bank Holidays and Christmas.
  • Children are cared for and taught in groups of a similar age. 
  • You can pay for meals and snacks including hot food.
  • Nursery owners and staff undergo rigorous checks to make sure they are safe to work with children.
  • At least half of all staff must have a childcare qualification.
  • Day nurseries may be located in a purpose-built building or a renovated house or building.  
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  

School Nursery Class

  • Nursery classes are generally for children between three years and five years old.
  • Nursery classes are attached to a primary school.
  • Some nursery classes will take two year-olds.

Reasons to choose a Nursery Class

  • So that your child makes friends with the children he/she may eventually go to school with.
  • If you have older children at the school, you can drop off and collect from one place.
  • Your child will be taught by a qualified teacher.
  • You think the school is a good school.
  • Nursery classes are term time only and generally offer morning or afternoon places. Some schools will offer care for the full school day.  Additional charges may apply.
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  

Preschool

  • A group setting which offers childcare for children aged 2-4 years old.
  • They are sometimes privately owned, run by a committee or a voluntary group.

Reasons to choose a Preschool

  • Children are cared for and taught in groups of a similar age or mixed age groups.
  • Children can sometimes stay for lunch and you would provide a packed lunch.
  • Nursery owners and staff undergo rigorous checks to make sure they are safe to work with children.
  • At least half of all staff must have a childcare qualification.
  • These are often run from a church hall or Community building.
  • Preschools are term time only and generally offer morning or afternoon places.
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.

Childminder

  • A person who cares for children from her own home for more than 2 hours a day.
  • Childminders undergo several checks, including a police check, before they can begin working with children.
  • They must attend a course that helps them learn about what they must teach children.
  • There are strict rules about what they must do to keep children safe and what they must teach children.
  • A Childminder can be male or female
  • They can care for up to 6 children under the age of 8 years

Reasons to choose a Childminder

  • They can look after your child from as young as 6 weeks old in a home environment
  • They often care for older children before, after school and during the school holidays.
  • Your other children can also be looked after by the childminder.
  • If you work shift patterns, long and/or unsociable hours, a childminder may be able to accommodate this kind of schedule.
  • Some childminders provide offer overnight care.
  • You can sometimes pay an additional charge for hot meals and snacks.
  • The childminder can offer your child care as part of a small group.
  • Some childminders employ an assistant.
  • You can use 2, 3 & 4 year old government funding with many childminders.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with the costs.

Out of School Care

  • A supervised session where children go before and/or after school
  • The number of children that attend will depend on the number of staff available to work with children.
  • They usually operate on a school site and are for children of school age.
  • They will be run by the school governors or an independent company.

Reasons to choose out of school care

  • To fit around your working hours. Some open from 7.30am and close at 6.00pm
  • You can drop off and collect your child from one place
  • Your child can be cared for in the familiar surroundings of the school
  • Your child is able to play with their school friends, outside the school day
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with the costs.

Nanny

  • A Nanny is someone who cares for children in the child’s own home, or in the home of another child they are caring for.  
  • Nannies are sometimes called an Au Pair. 
  • As well as providing childcare, they may also do other tasks around the home, such as cleaning or cooking.  
  • A Nanny can care for children from up to two families at any one time. 
  • In some instances a Nanny will live in your home.

Reasons to choose a Nanny

  • A Nanny is employed by you, so you can agree what tasks will be included as part of her role.
  • Your child is generally cared for in your own home so you don’t have to worry about dropping off or collecting children.
  • You can negotiate with the Nanny to do some light housework and cooking.
  • The Nanny can work long or unsociable hours.
  • You may be able to get help with childcare costs if the Nanny is registered with Ofsted.

Independent school

  • Independent schools charge fees for children to attend instead of being funded by the government. 
  • Children do not have to follow the national curriculum.

Reasons to choose an independent school

  • The school may have a specialist focus such as dance.
  • Class sizes are usually smaller which allows the teacher to spend more time with your child.
  • Some offer childcare for children aged 3 to 4 years old and allow you to use 3 and 4 year old government funding. There is often the expectation that you buy additional childcare sessions on top of your government funded hours.
  • Independent schools are term time only and may offer care for the full school day.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  

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