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Types of childcare services

Prior to starting your business you should consider the type of childcare you wish to provide.

Registered childminder

Childminders work in their own home and are registered to care for no more than six children under the age of 12 (including their own children).

Community childminding scheme

A community childminder will offer an additional service to that of a childminder.

Full day care (day nursery)

Day nurseries offer full and part-time care for children aged 3 months - 5 years, they operate throughout the year and usually open Monday to Friday from 8.00am - 6.00pm (some are extended to include Saturdays).

Out-of-school childcare clubs (breakfast and/or after school clubs)

Out-of-school childcare clubs provide care for children aged 4 - 14 years.

Sessional care (playgroup and/or wrap-around care)

Playgroups usually operate from community centres, schools or church buildings and offer sessional care for children aged between 2 and 5 years of age.

Sessional care (Cylch Meithrin - Welsh medium playgroups)

You will work in a setting where children are offered play and learning experiences through the medium of Welsh, whilst also providing valuable help and support to families from non-Welsh speaking backgrounds who have the desire to learn Welsh.

Holiday childcare hub/playscheme

Holiday clubs/playschemes provide care for children aged 4 - 14 years, they operate during school holidays and sometimes during school INSET days.
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