Help and Advice

Information Guides and Resources

Welcome to the Childcare.co.uk resource area. Parents and childcare providers will find lots of useful free hints, tips and advice on a range of childcare and parenting topics.

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Information for Parents

Hiring, Interviews and References

Checking Childcarer Documents and References

Building a good relationship with your Childcare Provider

Choosing the Right Childcare

Summer Holidays Childcare Options

Childcare for School Age Children

Parents Guide to the EYFS

Parents Guide to the Childcare Register

 

Babysitters

Finding the right Babysitter

How much should I pay my Babysitter?

Babysitting Checklist

 

Childminders

What is a Childminder?

Should I choose a Childminder or Nanny?

Settling in Tips

Overnight Care Childminders

Finding Backup Care

 

Nannies

Choosing the right Nanny

Paying your Nanny

Hiring a good Nanny

Hiring a Live-In Nanny

Hiring a Night Nanny

Nanny Interview Questions

Nannies and Self Employment

Nanny Contracts

Sample Nanny Contract (Microsoft Word file)

Nannies who bring their own Children

My Nanny is Pregnant!

How to keep a good Nanny

Should my Nanny be Insured?

Nanny Shares

Nannies guide to PAYE, Tax and National Insurance

 

Nurseries and Pre-Schools

Nursery - Is your Child Ready?

Setting up your own Toddler Group

 

Schools

Preparing your Child for School

Parent's Guide to School Readiness

Starting School

Key Stage One - The Facts

Parent's Guide to Managing Homework

 

Maternity Nurses

What is a Maternity Nurse?

Do I need a Maternity Nurse?

How to Interview and Select a Maternity Nurse

 

Au Pairs

What is an Au Pair?

What is an Au Pair Plus?

 

Private Midwives

Why hire a Private Midwife?

 

Special Educational Needs

Autism Spectrum Disorders

ADHD in Children

Caring for Children with Special Educational Needs

 

Information for Childcare Providers

Childcare Provider Tips

Childcare Provider Tips

Writing your Childcare.co.uk profile

Settling new Children

Interview guide for Maternity Nurses

 

Childminder Tips

Things to consider before registering as a Childminder

Top 5 tips for Setting up as a Childminder

Registering as a Childminder

What are the start-up costs to become a Registered Childminder?

Who do you need to information about your Childminding business?

What insurance do you need to work as a Childminder?

Ofsted Pre-Inspection for Childminders

 

Nanny Tips

Safeguarding Children in your Care - a guide for Nannies

Insurance - a guide for Nannies

A Nanny's Guide to Getting Hired

Nannies guide to PAYE, Tax and National Insurance

How to Avoid Nanny Scams

 

Parenting Guides

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, so we've produced some free Parenting Guides covering a wide variery of parenting topics for children of all ages.

 

Registered Childminder Guides

Registered Childminder gold members of Childcare.co.uk also get access to over 300 free guides on all aspects of childminding that have been written by an Outstanding Rated Ofsted Registered Childminder. To view the guides login to your account and click Childminder Guides.

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