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Childcare

Childcare
Quick Links: Day Nursery

If we are providing Stay & Play, Crèche and Playgroup activities these sessions can be found in our current Activity Timetable.

For information on Day Nursery provision click on the Quick Link at the top of this page

For information on Childminders or help with paying for Childcare contact the The Childcare Information Helpline on 0800 2346 346

FEET 
Free Early Education for Two year olds (FEET) is an offer of up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week.  See the lists below to see if you may qualify FEET funding.  If your family is successful in getting FEET, your child will be able to get a free early education place from the start of the school term after their second birthday.  You'll be able to take up to 15 hours of free early education a week, for a total of 38 weeks per year.  Or is your childcare provider is open all year, you may be able to take less than 15 hours of free early education a week but spread the total number of free hours over more weeks.

Automatically funded groups
If your child is in one of the groups listed below, they will automatically be eligible for FEET funding. Your child will need to be referred for FEET by a professional. This will be someone you come into contact with such as your health visitor or a member of staff at a Sure Start Children’s Centre.

  • Looked after children
  • Children who have left care but are not able to return home (through adoption orders, residence orders or special guardianship)
  • Children with a child protection plan (only social workers and health visitors can applyfor funding for these children)
  • Children with a disability
  • Children with a high level of special educational needs
  • Children who are members of a travelling family (includes Gypsy Roma Traveller,Travellers of Irish Heritage, New Age Travellers, Circus and Fairground families)
  • Children whose parent or carer is a member of the armed forces

 Financial groups
If you receive one of the benefits listed below, you can apply for FEET yourself. You will need to complete an application form and send it to the FEET team. To get an application form contact Surrey Family Information Service, see contact details below.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

To check to see if a childcare provider is registered to receive FEET go to the Surrey Family Information Service childcare finder.

For more information about FEET (Free Early Education for Two year olds)
please
click here.

The different forms of childcare are described below:

 
Approved Childcarers


  • Offers childcare in the child's own home
  • Can be a particular benefit for parents who work unconventional hours, and for children with additional needs
  • Parents may benefit from tax credits

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  • Are self employed and provide care for between one and six children under 8 years old, in the childminder's own home
  • May care for additional children aged between 8 and 15 years old
  • May drop and pick up children from school or playgroup, and can provide flexible opening times for overnight and weekend care
  • Accredited childminders can offer Nursery Education Funded places

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  • Provide short term on site care, often based in shopping centres, sport or learning facilities
  • Children are cared for while parents attend specific training, sport or leisure facilities
  • Most provide care for children aged 0-8 years

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  • Are private providers offering care for children from 0-5 years
  • Children are cared for in age groups, and take part in a wide range of group activities
  • Have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends
  • Accredited nurseries are eligible for Nursery Education Funding

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return to top Maintained Nursery Settings


  • Are based on school sites
  • Offer teacher supported learning though play, based around the Foundation Stage (Birth to 3) Curriculum, for 3 and 4 year olds prior to their entry to school
  • Open during term time only

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  • Provide sessional and wrap-around care, and learning through play for pre-school children
  • Offer an introduction to group play away from Parents or Carers
  • Some may offer Nursery Education Funded places

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