Childminders are registered childcare providers who work in their own homes caring for children from birth up to the age of 12 years and for more than 2 hours a day. Child minders can offer full day care or part time care including before and afterschool provision.
Day nurseries provide childcare for young children from birth to age 5. They usually open from early morning to early evening, Monday to Friday, all year round.
After school club
After school clubs provide childcare after school hours, and are a safe place for children to play, relax and socialise. Some clubs that are not run by schools can collect children from their school at the end of the day.
Holiday clubs provide a wide range of play activities for children during the school holidays. Some are run by schools, while others are run by private or voluntary organisations. Costs vary between holiday clubs, and you will usually be charged per day your child attends.
Breakfast clubs are usually run by schools, and offer children a safe and supervised place to go before school. They provide a healthy breakfast for pupils, and are particularly useful if your child arrives early at school.
Playgroups cater mainly for children aged 2½ to 5 years, usually for 2 to 3 hours in the morning or afternoon and mainly during term time. Cylchoedd Meithrin are Welsh-medium playgroups which give children an opportunity to become bilingual (in English and Welsh).
Family support services
Family support services cover a range of support services, networks and facilities for parents and carers and young people to enhance their capacity to cope with the challenges of family life. These services also help children and young people reach their full potential. Family Support Services can be provided by the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
Children and young people's activities
A range of information about local clubs and activities for children and young people.
Parent and toddler groups
Parent and toddler groups provide opportunities for children and parents to socialise in an informal and friendly setting. Parents often set up the groups and there are usually one to two groups a week, each session lasting for several hours.
This setting offers occasional day care for children up to the age of 12 years
Open Access Play
Open Access Play provision can be permanent or short-term provision, located in a variety of settings with or without premises including play centres, adventure playgrounds, playschemes and parks.
Whilst the term Open Access applies to registered provision for children under eight years, such provision usually caters for a wide age range of children, including those over seven years.