We understand that as a parent or carer it can be difficult to make an informed choice about childcare. What is childcare? Where do I start looking? How do I know my child will be safe?
For children who have not yet started school, there are a number of options available for childcare, including; childminders, nurseries and pre-schools.
What is the difference?
- Pre-Schools tend to be open between 8am-4pm term time only. Some open for less hours or some for half-days each week. Pre-Schools are Ofsted registered and inspected regularly.
- Nurseries tend to be open between 8am-6pm all year round. Nurseries are Ofsted registered and inspected regularly.
- Childminders offer flexible care in their own home for up to 3 children under the age of 5. Some also care for older children before and after school. Childminders are Ofsted registered and work to the same standards and are inspected regularly in the same way as nurseries and pre-schools. Childminders often offer additional services such as earlier care, later care, weekend care and school pickups/drop-offs which can be invaluable to families.
You can search for Portsmouth Childminders here. You can also post your requirements on the Portsmouth Find a Childminder Facebook page which is managed by Portsmouth Childminders, and they will reply to you directly about available places. You can also watch this video about a Portsmouth childminder.
Search for childcare in Hampshire on the Family Information and Services Hub:
Your choice of childcare depends on the hours you work, your transport options and other commitments you may have such as school-runs for older children or studying. You can place your child with more than one childcarer. Some parents use a combination of a childminder and a pre-school/nursery to suit their requirements.
The activities your child will take part in vary depending on the childcare provider and your child's age. Registered childcare for 0-5 years will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, a set of standards the childcare provider must follow to help your child learn and develop.
EYFS focuses on learning through play. The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Childcare providers also have a duty to consider how best to offer extra support for children with a disability or special educational needs - talk to the provider about any specific requirements your child has.
If you're struggling to secure childcare and need some help - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 023 9268 8830.