Professional Practice in Early Years Settings

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Professional Practice in Early Years Settings The following is a list of the types of early years setting that are available to children and their families and their purpose. Nurseries Nurseries offer full or part time places to children from birth or a little older in some nurseries such as 3 months up to school age. They run the nursery on a private premise by a private company. They offer full day care, part time and some offer before and after school care. Parents must pay for this type of childcare, although some nurseries are able to offer funding for 2 year olds they meet the criteria. When a child reaches 3 years of age they are all entitles to 15 hours of funding to attend a nursery. Child-minders Like private nurseries, child-minders can offer part time or fulltime places and before and after school care. They look after children from birth to school age and above for before and after school care. The children are looked after in the child-minders home and the parents pay for the service. Child-minders who are accredited can offer funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. This type of childcare is run on a self-employed basis. Preschool playgroups Playgroups run on a part time basis usually the same hours as school hours. They offer part time sessions to children between 2-3 years and school age. Playgroups are often run in a community centre or church. Some children will need to be paid for unless they qualify for 2 year old funding. Once a child reaches 3 years they are entitled to the 3 year funding. It is usual for playgroups to be run by parents or a committee. Nursery classes Nursery classes are provides by state run or private schools. They is often more structure to the sessions provided by this type of early years setting and are sometimes attached to a primary school. Children may attend the nursery classes from 3 years old. Three and four year
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