Search for childcare in Camden
All the childcare providers mentioned below are registered and regulated by Ofsted (office for standards in education). They will be inspected and given a rating which can be viewed by following the link on their individual records.
- Childminders look after children in their own homes. Childminders offer flexible childcare often covering early mornings and early evenings and sometimes weekends. They will often work with other forms of childcare, for example, they may drop off and pick up from a school or nursery.
- Children’s centres offer full and part time nursery provision and wrap around hours for working parents. Parents may already be familiar with the range of services offered by Children’s Centres such as health services and drop-in sessions.
- Day nurseries are provided by voluntary, community and private providers. A wide variety of hours and charges are offered from sessions of a couple of hours a day to the full day that may be required for working parents. They may operate term time only or year round and offer full or part time hours.
- Pre-school playgroups offer sessions of childcare and early learning from around the age of two to the start of school. Children would normally attend every day from Monday to Friday. Some offer only morning sessions, others a choice of morning or afternoon.
- Private nursery schools may offer sessions or full day care. Starting at the age of 1 or 2 years they may operate term time only or all year round. Private nursery schools may specialise in a particular form of nursery education such as Montessori.
- Holiday schemes offer childcare in the holidays for those that may be at school or a Children’s Centre or a term time only nursery. They operate during most holiday periods but may not be open during all of the Christmas holiday.
- Out of school care refers to breakfast and after school clubs that operate around the school day. Usually starting at 7.30am to 8.00am before school and until 5.00pm or 6.00pm after school. They operate every day during term time.
You can also search for nurseries, school nurseries, pre-schools and children’s centres that are part of the Nursery Education Funding scheme which gives 15 hours of free early education for all 3 and 4 year olds at participating settings.
For more details of the scheme see also the Help with the costs of childcare (PDF) booklet.
Disclaimer – Whilst every effort has been made to make sure that this information is accurate, Camden family information service cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any errors.
Page last updated May 20, 2013 2:59 PM