In this section you will get information on how to access childcare settings to enable you to work, look for jobs, train, study or just take time out. Please read our advice pages below, under useful information, related to specific childcare settings along with leaflets in the links under related files on the right of the page.

Childcare can offer many positive benefits for your entire family, and comes in many different forms such as you will see beleow.

Not all childcare needs to be registered with Ofsted, please read the guidance on the relevant link entitled 'when Ofsted registration is not required' for further information.

Some of the out of school and holiday care clubs which are running within the schools are privately registered and others are covered under each school's Ofsted registration, if you are unsure just ask for information at the school's reception desk.

Childcare Brokerage

The FIS offers a brokerage service which is designed to support parents, carers and professionals working with families to source childcare when they are unable to find suitable childcare to meet their requirements. 

We are able to provide information about the range of options available which may enable parents and carers to return to work, education or training and is delivered by staff who hold an NVQ Level 4 qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance. 

The service is a requirement of the Childcare Act 2006, which stipulates that local authorities should provide an enhanced information service to local families who may benefit from a little extra help. 

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Useful Information

  • What is a Childminder?

    Childminders: Look after children in their own homes, Required to register with Ofsted Can look after 6 children under the age of 8 years, 3 of which can be under 5 and 1 of which can be under 1 at any one time (permission can…

  • What is a Day Nursery?

    Day Nurseries are: Open between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday all year round (excluding Bank Holidays). Required to register with Ofsted. Access free entitlement funding for 2,3 & 4 year olds. Offer part time and full time care. Inspected by Ofsted to ensure…

  • What is an Au Pair or Nanny?

    An Au Pair Is not usually a trained childcare professional. Is ususally a student from outside of the UK. Usually come to study and to improve their English. Are employed by you. Are a suitable affordable option for out of school care for older children. Must be…

  • What is a Pre-school (Playgroup)?

    A Pre-school (sometimes referred to a a playgroup) Offers short sessional care on a term time only basis. Some provide wrap around care or extended hours for a longer day at an additional charge. Care for children aged from 2 to 5 years old. Must…

  • What is an Out of School Club?

    An Out of School Club: Provides out of school care for school aged children They are required to register with Ofsted if they provide care for children under 8 years of age, for more than two hours per day and more than 6 days per year. They can…

  • Information for Providers (including Free Entitlement)

    This Page is for Childcare providers. New Ofsted Videos: Ofsted's specialists: new videos this monthOfsted have published some new videos on their You Tube website. These videos are part of a series from Ofsted's national leads, focusing on their specialism’s and key issues in these…

  • What is the 2 Year Old Early Years Education scheme?

    What is the 2 Year Old Early Years Education scheme? This is a scheme that allows eligible children to receive free early education from the funding period after their second birthday. This is part of a national offer from the Department for Education (DfE) and…

  • Job Vacancies within West Berkshire's Early Years

    There are currently several vacancies within our Early Years settings in West Berkshire, if you are interested in any of the poitions available then please view the attached documents for contact and application details.

  • 30 hours Free Childcare

    Parents of 3 & 4 year olds could now be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare. The universal 15 hours is open to all 3 & 4 year old children. From September 2017 children of working parents may be entitled to an additional 15…