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Childcare for 0-5 year olds

Registered childcare has been inspected by Ofsted to make sure it meets National Care Standards. The premises are also regularly inspected.

There are a number of options if you are looking for childcare for children under 5 years old and the care, unless you wish to use informal childcare such as a friend or a relative should be registered. Registered childcare has been inspected by Ofsted to make sure it meets National Care Standards. The premises are also regularly inspected to ensure they are suitable and safe.

People working as registered child carers have to meet strict standards of care. They’re usually DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) checked.

If you use registered childcare, you can claim Tax Credits to help with childcare costs or may use Childcare Vouchers to pay for the care through salary sacrifice.

The following types of childcare are usually registered:

Registered Childminders

Registered Childminders look after your children, along with others, in their own home. They usually look after children of any age.

Childminders can care for up to six children under 8 years old (including any of their own) at any one time. They can care for any number of children over the age of 8, providing the numbers don’t affect their ability to care for those under 8.

Since September 2012, Ofsted will not set out the number and ages of children childminders may care for, or require childminders to apply for a variation. It will be up to the childminder to follow the requirements set out in the Statutory Framework.

The average cost of a childminder in Lincolnshire is around £3.50 per hour. This works out as between about £140 for a 40 hour week. Childminders are often able to offer more flexible care to deal with shift patterns, early mornings/late evenings, weekends and some are registered to offer overnight care.

Many childminders will also drop off and collect from local schools when your child gets older. Many will also take children to and from Early Years settings to allow children to access funded Early Years Entitlement places for 2, 3 and 4 years olds.
Some registered childminders are able to offer Early Years Entitlement. Ask your childminder about this or contact the Family Information Service.

Day Nurseries

Day Nurseries offer full care and education for children aged six weeks to five years.

Opening times vary but may be between 7.30am and 7pm. Your child can attend for full days or part-time sessions. Most Lincolnshire Day Nurseries are registered to offer Early Education Entitlement funding for 3 and 4 year olds with increasing numbers offering funded places to eligible 2 year olds and parents can pay for extra hours if wished

Prices often vary depending on the age of your child. For a child under two attending nursery full-time, the average cost is around £170 per week.

Some Day Nurseries also operate out of school and holiday schemes for when your child gets older and, depending on their location, may drop off and collect from local schools.

Nursery Schools and Classes

Nursery Schools and Classes provide early education for children aged between three and five years and they’re open during term times from 9am to 3.30pm for full or half day sessions.

Sessions are usually free if they’re part of the state education system. Others may offer free part-time places for some 2, 3 and 4 year olds under the Nursery Early Years Entitlement funding scheme.


Pre-Schools are available to children aged between 2 and 5 years. However, some don’t take children until they’re two and a half.

Pre-Schools offer sessions, varying from 2 ½ to 3 hours long, during term time. Some Pre-schools are open for extended hours which can be 9am to 3pm. Sessions usually cost between £6 and £8.
The majority of Lincolnshire Pre-Schools are registered to offer Early Years Entitlement funding for 3 and 4 year olds, which offers up to 15 hours of free Early Years care, for 38 weeks per year (term time) which can be taken flexibly. Increasing numbers of pre-schools also offer funded places to eligible 2 year olds.

Home Childcarers

Home childcarers are employed by you to provide care in your home.
They are flexible and will fit in with unusual working hours. Some may do additional tasks around the house, such as cooking and laundry for the child, by arrangement.

As Nannies are usually unregistered, many have become home childcarers so the family can claim childcare help through Tax Credits.

Home childcarers will normally have a recognised childcare qualification, and they are registered on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register.

Wages range from £127 to £350 per week. This will depend on experience and hours worked. There may also be additional costs such as use of a car and accommodation if they are asked to live in with the family.

Children with disabilities

Many childcarers offer care for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and there are a number of services also offer support to childcare providers so they can offer an inclusive service to children.

The Family Information Service asks childcare providers what experience of disability they have and about the accessibility of their premises.

Updated information

The Family Information Service send regular updates to all the county’s childcarers to ask for up-to-date information on the services they offer, including opening times, school collection and charges, as well as whether they can care for a child with a disability or additional needs.

In addition, Ofsted send updated information on any newly registered or closed childcarers so we have an accurate picture of care in the county. We need permission to share child carer’s details with enquirers and to add their details onto the internet.

Useful Contacts

Early Years and Childcare Support 01522 552752 or e-mail



  • Ofsted

    Royal Exchange Buildings

    St Ann’s Square


    M2 7LA

    Tel: Complaints - Tel: 0300 123 4666


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Last updated: 16 February 2017

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