Child-minding, day-care and babysitting

Free nursery places

2 year funding - 15 Hours Free Childcare

The 2 year funding is in place to support our school readiness, ensuring children are going to school with the abilities and social skills that they need to develop a bright future. If you are claiming Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, ESA (Employment Support Allowance) Child Tax or Working Tax Credits and have the annual gross income of no more than £16,190, Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit, Universal Credit and have the net earnings threshold of £15,400 , Support Under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 OR your child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, your child has a Current Statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan, or the child is a Looked After Child, left care through an Adoption Order, Residence Order or Special Guardianship. Then you could be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare. You can ring the Family Information Service on 0161 342 4260, or if you would prefer to do this online this can be done via https://www.tameside.gov.uk/surestart/childcare/2yearolds/OnlineApplication

3 & 4 year old - Universal 15 hours Free Childcare

Did you know that every 3 and 4 year old is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare? If you’re wondering how to go about claiming this, the Private Day Nurseries / Pre-schools / Child-minder (as long as registered for the funding with the funding team, which can be checked on our FEF Directory) will have the paperwork there to complete with you. You can also ring the Family Information Service for further information around this.

30 Hours Free Childcare for Working Parents

The government have brought in the new 30 hours of free childcare to support you working parents! To apply for the 30 hours or to find information around if you think you may be eligible please go to https://www.gov.uk/get-tax-free-childcare , alternatively you can ring the Family Information Service for guidance and support, if you’re struggling to apply via the online application, you can ring the Childcare Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097. Free part-time places are available at primary schools with nursery classes, nursery schools, playgroups, nurseries and some child-minders. School based sessions and play groups are often available during term time only, but nurseries and child-minders may be flexible and provide sessions throughout the year.

Child-minders are only able to provide free sessions where they are registered to do so, and belong to the local accredited Child-minder Network.

Here are some common signs:

  • Day nurseries for under-fives during the working day.
  • Playgroups for children between three and five. Usually four hour sessions.
  • Out-of-school clubs or kids clubs provide sessional play and care for over three year olds usually before and after school and during school holidays.
  • Child-minders registered and inspected by Ofsted to care for children in their homes.
  • Nannies, au pairs and home child carers are employed to provide care in the child’s own home. Check they are registered on the Ofsted Childcare Register

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You are responsible for the safety and well-being of your children. It is important that you think carefully about the person you are going to leave them with, whether this is a babysitter, childminder, nursery, relative or friend. Local Children’s Centres can offer fantastic support and advice.

When choosing childcare, take your time and visit a number of different settings. Do not be afraid of asking to see qualifications and registration certificates. Talk to other parents.

Babysitters do not need qualifications or certificates and it is recommended they are over 16 and have a good reputation locally. Even with family and trusted friends you should establish rules and let them know your childcare routines. Also let them know about any allergies and leave a number to contact you in an emergency

For more information about registered Childminders talk to the Tameside Families Information Service on 0161 342 5434.

If you are choosing a Child Minder check qualifications and visit more than once at different times of day. Make sure you feel happy.