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* For many people, it is difficult to balance the responsibility of caring for children with the desire to undertake paid work. However, there is a wide range of childcare available in Newham, from childminders to nursery schools. Charges vary depending on the type of provision, and financial assistance is available for those in low-paid work through the Childcare Tax Credit (see below).

What kind of Childcare?
How to find a place for your child
The Childcare Tax Credit

What kind of Childcare?
The following are the main types of childcare available:

Creches: Safe, supervised play areas for groups of children whose parents are engaged in some activity (e.g. work, training, leisure, etc.) on the premises or nearby. Creche places are usually limited to children of parents engaged in activities on site and are commonly subsidised, or sometimes free, for parents training or working at the premises in question.

Childminders: Private individuals trained and qualified in childcare, who look after small groups of children, usually in their own home. Childminders must be registered with the local council; to do this they must first prove that they are a suitable person to look after other people's children and that the premises they use are safe and properly equipped.

Nurseries: Also known as nursery schools, these are places where staff look after groups of 6 or more children, offering good, alternative care for children who are away from their home for a considerable part of the day. Children in nurseries usually spend several hours there and have at least one meal. Nurseries are run by private and voluntary sector organisations and by local authorities.

Playgroups: Places for pre-school age children who are looked after in small groups, usually in sessions lasting 2 to 3 hours. Rarely offer all day provision. In common with nurseries, playgroups provide an opportunity for young children to play and learn in a safe environment amongst a group of peers.

Out of school childcare and playschemes: Schemes or clubs, often associated with schools, that provide care for children of school age before or after school, or during the school holidays. Particularly useful for parents whose working day is too long for schools alone to provide all necessary care. For more information on different types of childcare available in Newham, call The Early Years and Childcare Service on 020 8430 5031.

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How to find a place for your child
To find out what is available in your area, contact:

Childrens Information Development Service
Stratford Advice Arcade
107-109 The Grove, London E15 1HP
Freephone: 0800 074 1017

Sure Start
Sure Start is a government funded initiative aimed at reducing the effects of child poverty. Currently Newham has 8 Sure Start programmes each covering a geographical area meeting the needs of all parents-to-be and families with under 4s. For more information contact the Sure Start programme running in your area:

North Canning Town
Naila Qureshi 020 7476 9591
Little Ilford
Janine Hunter 020 8553 2346
North Woolwich
Jaine Stannard 020 7473 3728
South Canning Town & Custom House
Helen Warburton 020 8430 2000
Carpenters Three Mills
Clare Potter 020 8555 0231
Plashet Park/St. Stephens
Zahida Lone 07899 864999
New Town & Park
Raymond Wood 07789 927655
Sure Start 6th Wave
Jenny Deeks 020 8555 0231
Sure Start Central Team 020 8555 0231

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Help to pay for childcare: the Childcare Tax Credit
To encourage parents to take jobs, the Government contributes to the cost of childcare for parents in low paid work.

The new Childcare Tax Credit offers help for people who spend money on childcare. You can apply if:

  • You and your partner each work 16 hours or more a week
  • You are a single parent working 16 hours or more a week
  • You are one of a couple where one partner is working and the other is incapacitated

Childcare, which is eligible for Childcare Tax Credit includes nurseries, registered childminders and some out of school care. Nannies are not eligible as a form of childcare. The Childcare Tax Credit is worth 70% of your eligible childcare costs up to a maximum of £100 for one child and £200 for more than one child. So a maximum of £94.50 per week for one child and £140 for two or more, depending on your income.

The Childcare Tax Credit is available as part of the Working Families Tax Credit (see page 33) and the Disabled Person's Tax Credit. All adults in the household must be in full time work or incapable of working. The less you earn the more you can claim, with a maximum of £70 per week for one child or £105 for two or more children.

For more information or an application form, phone the Working Families Tax Credit Helpline on 0845 609 5000 or contact your nearest Jobcentre.

 

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