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Torbay Children's Centres


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What type of childcare is right for your family? We explain the different options below.

If we are providing Stay & Play, Crèche and Playgroup activities these sessions can be found in our current Activities Diary.

For information about childminders, or help with paying for childcare, contact the The Childcare Information Helpline on 0800 2346 346.

Approved Childcarers

  • Offers childcare in the child's own home
  • Can be a particular benefit for parents who work unconventional hours, and for children with additional needs
  • Parents may benefit from tax credits.

View the up-to-date list of all Ofsted registered childcare in the bay here. We would encourage parents to use this directory to find childcare locally, or use the free phone number, 0800 328 5974.


  • Are self employed and provide care for between one and six children under 8 years old, in the childminder's own home
  • May care for additional children aged between 8 and 15 years old
  • May drop and pick up children from school or playgroup, and can provide flexible opening times for overnight and weekend care
  • Accredited childminders can offer Nursery Education Funded places.


  • Provide short term on site care, often based in shopping centres, sport or learning facilities
  • Children are cared for while parents attend specific training, sport or leisure facilities
  • Most provide care for children aged 0-8 years.

Day Nurseries

  • Are private providers offering care for children from 0-5 years
  • Children are cared for in age groups, and take part in a wide range of group activities
  • Have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends
  • Accredited nurseries are eligible for Nursery Education Funding.

Maintained Nursery Settings

  • Are based on school sites
  • Offer teacher-supported learning though play, based around the Foundation Stage (Birth to 3 years) Curriculum, for 3- and 4-year-olds prior to starting school
  • Open during term time only.

Pre-schools (Playgroups)

  • Provide sessional and wrap-around care, and learning through play for pre-school children
  • Offer an introduction to group play away from parents or carers
  • Some may offer Nursery Education Funded places.
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