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Childcare in the Lancaster and Morecambe area

Finding the right childcare to suit both you and your child's needs is crucial. There are many things to consider and you may not be aware of how many childcare options there are in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Please check out the Family Information Service by Lancashire County Coucil for impartial advice and guidance and to find out whether you are eligible for funding.  We hope that you find this guide useful:

Day Nurseries
Usually look after babies or children under school-age whilst their parents are working. Nurseries offer children a stimulating environment which encourages social skills as they learn to interact with other children. Some Nurseries also provide education.

Nursery Schools/Pre-Schools
Traditionally take children aged 3-5 and are often attached to a Primary School, however many now take children from age 2. Pre-schools tend to provide education as well as social skills and play in order to make the transition from pre-school to school as seamless as possible.

Childminders offer a flexible approach to child care. They are often able to look after children before and after school hours which is a bonus for working parents as is the fact that many childminders also work through the school holidays. Children are cared for in a home environment. Childminders must be registered and inspected by Ofsted.

  • Small ratios means your child will have plenty of individual attention
  • Mixed age groups give a family atmosphere
  • School aged children can be cared for with their siblings
  • Continuity of care.  Some childminders care for children from babyhood to secondary school
  • Personal service – some childminding arrangements lead to friendships that last for years after the childminding
  • Strong local network – we all work together and often cover annual leave and sick leave for each other.  And we meet regularly to ensure that your child   will know our colleagues for these emergencies
  • All this and we still follow the same Early Years Foundation Stage to track your child’s development according to national standards
  • All registered childminders are insured, First aid trained, qualified in childcare, continuously taking up training opportunities to develop our settings, and professional quality childcare providers.
  • Childminders also provide funded places for eligible 2 year olds, and all 3 and 4 year olds.

Baby and Toddler Groups
Provide an opportunity for parents and children to socialise with others. Groups can be free, some make a small charge to cover refreshments and some are organised activities which require you to pay per session (prices vary). See our guide to local
Baby or Toddler Groups for details of groups in your area.


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