Childcare Level 3
There are many different types of setting which provide care and education for children. For example, statutory sector, voluntary sector and private sector. Each of these settings are funded by the government, fees paid or funding that comes from donation.
Statutory- sure start children’s centre
Children’s centers are funded by the government. Children who are under fives can go to this setting. They do sessions or full day care which follows the early year’s foundation stage. They are open on mon-fri at 8:00am to 6:00pm. The staff are well qualified, the minimum the staff have level2/3 childcare qualifications. They all have a CRB check to make sure the children are kept safe in the setting.
Children centre offer a various activities for children and parents. They offer baby massage and messy play. Children’s centre offer family and parenting support, e.g. work shops and individual support and outreach services are also offered. They offer health services for children and families aswell. For example, “ Pre-birth care and breastfeeding support; health and development checks with a midwife or health visitor and referrals to health services like speech and family therapy, psychology and the nutrition team”. http://www.newham.gov.uk/EducationAndLearning/FamilyServices/EarlyStartServicesForUnderFives/default.htm.
Playgroups are often non-profit-making. They may be run by volunteers, often including parents, and provide play time and often early education .Most playgroups will take children between the ages of three and five, although some will take two year olds. They are open throughout the school year. They usually open for two and a half hour session in the morning and afternoon on mon-fri. Also they “provide places for between 10 and 20 children - there must be one adult for every eight children and at least half of the adults must be qualified leaders or assistants”.