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Early Years and Childcare

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Early years education provides children with an ideal opportunity to build on the knowledge they bring from home. It helps children become more independent and to make friends.

In these early years settings, children can choose from a wide range of activities suitable for their age and ability. They have stories to listen to, books to look at and songs to sing. Play and other creative activities help develop their imagination. Indoor and outdoor play help to develop their physical skills.

Children learn in an environment where they feel happy, secure and valued.

Please use the links to search for childcare 

 

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

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Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

Healthy, happy holidays in Peterborough is part of the governments Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme will be delivered across Peterborough from Easter 2021. The programme is aimed at providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.

 The sessions will include a healthy meal and a variety of exciting activities.

If your child is eligible for benefit related free school meals and would like to attend, please see the list of partners who will be providing the service (each delivery partner can provide full details of their available sessions upon request). Please contact the delivery partner directly to book a place.  ​Each child can only be funded at one provider so please do not book at more than one or the place may be lost or charged for.

In the summer holidays eligible children can access four, four-hour sessions for four weeks (16 sessions) at no cost to you. The sessions are fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

​Bookings for the summer holiday will open on Tuesday 1st June. A list of providers offering the summer programme will be added below. If you have any queries regarding the programme please email haf@peterborough.gov.uk

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) Provider List 

Alpha Kindergarten (Fletton): 66 Fletton Avenue Peterborough PE7 1PS For more information please click on the link Alpha Kindergarten

 

Bright Bambini Montessori (HAF Holiday Club) 29, Alexandra Road Peterborough PE1 3DE For more information please click on the link Bright Bambini Montessori (HAF Holiday Club)

Bright Stars Day Nursery: 241 Park Road Peterborough For more information please click on the link Bright Stars Day Nursery

Family Action: Honeyhill Children’s Centre, 150 Chadburn, Paston, PE4 7DR For more information please click on the link Family Action ( Woodfield Park) 

 

Family Action: Woodfield Park Community Centre, Normanton Road, Peterborough PE1 4XE:  For more information please click on the link Family Acion Woodfield Park

Families First Peterborough CIC: Crofts Corner, Essendyke, Bretton, PE3 8JD For more information please click on the link Families First Peterborough summer holiday club (5- 10 years)

 

Families First Peterborough CICCrofts Corner, Essendyke, Bretton, PE3 8JD For more information please click on the link Families First Peterborough Summer Holiday Club (11 - 16 years )

Fulbridge Academy: Keeton Road, Peterborough, PE1 3JQ: For more information please click on the link Fulbridge Academy

Gladstone Connect Summer Holiday Club: 157 Cromwell Road, Peterborough PE1 2EL: For more information please click on the link Gladstone Connect Summer Holiday Club:

The Hebden School of Dancing Ltd: Peterborough One Retail Park: For more information please click on the link The Hebden School of Dancing 

Herlington Preschool: Orton Malborne: For more informationplease click on the link Herlington Preschool

 

Jungle Kids Holiday Club  (part of Jungle Tots Day Nursery): Bretton, Peterborough: For more information please click on the link Jungle Kids Holiday club

 

Just Do Sport: St Augustine's C Of E (VA) Junior School, Palmerston Road,Woodston, Peterborough PE2 9DH: For more information please click on the link Just Do Sport St Augustine's C Of E 

 

Just Do Sport: Ravensthorpe Primary School, Brigstock Ct,Peterborough,PE3 7NB: For more information please click on the link Ravensthorpe Primary 

 

Just Do Sport: Gladstone Primary Academy,Gladstone Street Peterborough PE1 2BZ : For more information please click on the link Gladstone Primary

Leopard Cubs Childminder: Fletton PE2 9EG : For more information please click on the link Leopard Cubs Childminder

Little Twinkles Day Nursery Summer Holiday Club: George Alcock Centre, Stanground PE2 8QS: For more information please click on the link Little Twinkles Day Nursery Summer Holiday Club

Play House Holiday Club: Gunthorpe Road, Gunthorpe, Peterborough, PE4 7TS: For more information please click on the link Play House Holiday Club

 

 

Peterborough United Foundation: Nene Valley Community Centre, Sugar Way, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9RE : For more information please click on the link Peterborough United Foundation

 

Premier Education (Barnack CE Primary School ) School Road, Barnack,  Stamford PE9 3DZ : For more infomation please click on the link Premier Education (Barnack CE Primary School 

Premier Education (Leighton Primary School) Leighton Primary School,  Peterborough PE2 5PL : For more information please click on the link Premier Education Leighton Primary

Premier Education ( Stanground St Johns ) Stanground St Johns, Chapel Street, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8JG: For more information please click on the link Premier Education ( Stanground St Johns ) 

 

Premier Education (St Johns Church School) St Johns Church School, Riseholme, Peterborough PE 2 5RF:  for more informaion please click on the link Premier Education St Johns church School

Premier Education ( The Beeches Primary School ) Beech Ave, Peterborough PE1 2EH: For more information please click on the link Premier Education ( The Beeches Primary School )

Premier Education ( Welbourne Primary School ) Goodwin Walk, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6NR : For more information please click on the link Premier Education ( Welbourne Primary School )

Premier Education (West Town Primary Academy ) Midland Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DD : For more information please click on the link  Premier Education (West Town Primary Acadamy )

Premier Education ( Winyates Primary ) Winyates Primary School, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5RF : For more information please click on the link Premier Education ( Winyates Primary ) 

Olive Branch Community Gardens (Summer HAF Holiday Club) Olive Road, Dogsthorpe : For more information please click on the link  Olive Branch Community Gardens (Summer HAF Holiday Club)

Schools Out Summer Holiday Club (Werrington) Werrington Primary School Amberly Slope Werrington Peterborough For more information please click on the link  Schools Out Summer Holiday Club (Werrington)


Stars Preschool Parnwell Saltergate, Parnwell, Peterborough, PE1 4YL: For more information please click on the link Stars Preschool Parnwell


Stars pre school Welland  20 Scallford Drive, Welland, Peterborough PE1 4TR : For more information please click on the link Stars pre school Welland 

Stars Oakdale Out Of School Club Oakdale Primary School, Oakdale Ave, Stanground, PE2 8TD: For more information please click on the link Stars Oakdale Out Of School Club Oakdale Primary School

Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Bushfield) Bushfield Leisure Centre, Orton centre Peterborough PE2 5RQ For more information please click on the link Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Bushfield)

Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Hampton) Hampton Leisure Centre Clayburn road Hampton Peterborough PE7 8HG For more information please click onthe link Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Hampton)

Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Jack Hunt) Jack Hunt Swimming Pool & Gym, Ledbury Road Peterborough PE3 9PN: For more informationplease click on the link Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Jack Hunt)

Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Werrington) Werrington Leisure Centre Staniland Way Werrington Peterborough PE4 6JT For more information please click on the link Vivacity Leisure Summer Holiday Club (Werrington)

Zig Zag Day Nursery St.Pauls’s Church Hall, Bourges Boulevard, New England, Peterborough PE1 2AU: For more information please click onthe link Zig Zag Day Nursery

Support from the Families Information Service

Support from the Families Information Service

Peterborough’s Families Information Service can provide details on a wide range of registered childcare providers to meet all your needs and can offer a brokerage service to assist with your personal circumstances. Registered childcare includes childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools (or playgroups), and childcare options for school-aged children either side of the school day and during school holidays.

You can call us on 01733 864446 (please leave a message if no one is avalable and we'll call you back)

Or you can email: fis@peterborough.gov.uk

Help with paying for childcare

**Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE**
At present we can only process online applications, therefore if you apply online you must provide an email address so you can be given an application outcome via email.

Postal applications will not be processed at present. If you have sent a postal application, please resubmit your application online. 
If you have any queries about applications, please email

freefortwos@peterborough.gov.uk

We aim to ensure that there is adequate childcare for all parents who require it. To receive support with childcare costs you may be able to access your child's two year old funding or three and four year old funding.

Further infromation can also be found on the Childcare Choices website.

Use this calculator to find out how much you could get towards approved childcare, including:

  • funded childcare for children aged between 2 and 4
  • help with childcare costs if your child is under 16 (or under 17 and disabled)

Extended entitlement to 30 hours funding

Three and four-year-olds of working parents in England may be entitled to an additional 15 hours funded childcare, equalling 30 hours funded per week over 38 weeks of the year (term-time) or approximately 22 hours per week each week if stretched over the year. 

To find out more information and whether you qualify visit the the 30 hours free childcare for working families page.

Types of childcare

Types of childcare

The first thing you will need to do when arranging childcare is find out exactly what is available in the area. Once you have found local providers, you will need to do a bit of research to see which will suit your child best. Below is a brief list of the most popular types of settings:

Pre-schools or Playgroups are for children aged from 2 to 5 years. They generally operate within school terms, so have extended breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Opening hours vary however pre-schools generally open from 9am to 3pm; those on school sites may vary opening times according to the start of the school day. Some pre-schools only open mornings. Your 3 or 4 year old child will be able to access their free nursery education entitlement at a participating pre-school. Pre-schools are registered and inspected by Ofsted. Contact Peterborough’s Families Information Service for more information about pre-schools in your area.

Day nurseries are for children aged from birth to 5 years. They generally operate for 51 weeks of the year. Opening hours are usually from 8am to 6pm; however some open early or finish later than this. Your child can attend a day nursery part-time or full-time, and your 3 or 4 year old child will be able to access their nursery education entitlement at participating day nurseries. Day nurseries are registered and inspected by Ofsted. Contact Peterborough’s Families Information Service for more information about day nurseries in your area.

Childminders offer care for children aged from birth to 5 and for school-aged children in the childminder’s own home. They can operate as “teams” with assistants and other childminders. Opening times can be flexible according to parents needs, but are generally similar to day nursery opening times. Childminders frequently offer school drop off and collection services. Not all childminders can offer your 3 or 4 year old child access to their free nursery education entitlement. Only childminders who are part of an accredited network can offer this. Contact Peterborough’s Families Information Service for more information about childminders and network childminders in your area.

Out of school childcare includes breakfast or before school clubs, after school clubs and holiday clubs or playschemes. These childcare options wrap around the school day and are for school-aged children. Contact Peterborough’s Families Information Service for more information about out of school childcare options in your area.

How do I choose?

Entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step, so before you choose a provider you may want to consider the following tips:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to choose – holiday playschemes, for example, get booked up in advance
  • Ask other parents for recommendations
  • Make appointments to visit two or three providers to compare what’s on offer, and get a feel for the staff
  • Think about your child’s personality and interests – what environment will they prefer?
  • Check opening times, holiday dates and costs

What to look for in a provider

What to look for in a provider

The following checklist may come in handy when choosing a childcare provider:

  • Does the childcare setting have a friendly feel?
  • Is it clean, light, well ventilated and big enough for children to be active indoors and outdoors?
  • Are there places where the children can rest?
  • Are the toys sufficiently varied (do they differ in size, texture, colour and shape)?
  • Do the children look happy?
  • Are the carers talking to the children in a way that interests and encourages them?
  • Are there plenty of children of your child’s age?
  • Are the provider and carers Ofsted registered?
  • Is the furniture of a sufficiently high standard?
  • Are there enough staff to keep an eye on all children? (at least one member of staff for every eight children aged three to five)
  • Do the staff manage behaviour appropriately? (there should be a written policy for you to see)

Questions to ask childcare providers

You may want to ask about the following:

- Safety – what happens in an emergency?
- Are the premises secure (can strangers get in)?
- What training and experience do the carers have?
- How does the provider report safety incidents to parents?
- Do the carers know first aid?
- What is the staff’s view on discipline?
- What activities are on offer?
- What happens if you are late picking up your child?
- What food is provided (is it healthy)?
- Who can you talk to about your child’s progress?
- What happens if your child becomes ill?

It might also be a good idea to ask to see the provider’s written health and safety policy (every group care provider should have one).

Childrens Centres

A Childrens Centre is a place, or group of places, where local families with young children can go and enjoy facilities and receive support that they need. Sometimes support may be offered in the home.

The facilities and activities are designed especially for parents expecting a baby, or those with a child under 5 years old.

Here in Peterborough all Children's Centres are run by Barnardo's Children's Charirty. Staff at these centres are fully trained to deal with individual needs a child might have, and they work with many partners to ensure they can support families in whatever area they need.

The main aim of Childrens Centres is to improve outcomes for all young children, so that they are happy, healthy and ready for school. We want to provide help and support to young children and families as soon as there is a need, helping to prevent any problems developing.

 

Making sure your child is ready for school

START is an easy guide to help your child to be ready for school, ready to learn and ready to succeed. By helping your child to be prepared for school, it will build their confidence so that they start school confident, curious and ready to learn. Using positive encouragement can enable your child to feel good about themselves.  You can find out more information on the School Readiness page.

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