There is a range of registered childcare provision available in Cardiff that can support a wide range of needs of both children and their parents, including:
Childminders are childcare providers working in their own homes who may offer full and part time care, including before and after school, wrap around provision, (childcare that schools provide outside of normal school hours, such as breakfast clubs or after school) holiday, evening, overnight or weekend care.Childminders are childcare providers working in their own homes who may offer full and part time care, including before and after school, wrap around provision, (childcare that schools provide outside of normal school hours, such as breakfast clubs or after school) holiday, evening, overnight or weekend care.
Childminders cater for children aged 0 – 12
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. They offer a caring, safe, stimulating environment either as full day care or part-time care for babies and pre-school children. Some may also provide care before and after school and in the holidays for older children too.
Full Daycare settings cater for children aged 0 -5 years
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).
Playgroups / Cylch Meithrin cater for children aged 2½ – 5 years
Out of school childcare clubs help parents or carers who work or attend training. They include breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday play schemes and wrap around day-care for school aged children.
Out of school childcare clubs cater for children aged 3 – 12 years
Open Access Playschemes are places where children are free to come and go. They must be registered with Care Inspectorate for Wales if they cater for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day.
Open Access Playschemes cater for children aged 5 – 14 years
Occasional day care for children aged from birth up to the age of 12 years on non-domestic premises.
They need to be registered where they run for more than two hours a day and more than five days a year, even where individual children attend for shorter periods. Some are in permanent premises and care for children while parents are engaged in particular activities (e.g. training, shopping or sport).
Others are established on a temporary basis to care for children while their parents are involved in time-limited activities (e.g. a conference or an exhibition).
Crèches cater for children aged 0 -12 years