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Childcare and going back to work

There is a wide selection of childcare facilities for children under 5. Day nurseries for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and after care from 8am to 6pm. Local Authority nursery schools offer full and part-time hours, as well as before and after sessions. These are paid sessions, however parents of preschool children can apply for up to 15 hours per week of free early education and childcare. Preschools (from age 3 to 5) and playgroups offer local care, either as a morning or afternoon session. Nannies provide care for children in the family home and are employed by the parents. Child-minders, self-employed professionals who work in their own homes, offer flexible hours and look after children from birth to 16 years of age. The University of Cambridge has a childcare office, which manages two nurseries solely for University staff. Visit the Children & Family page on the Cambridgeshire County Council website to search local childcare providers. All child-minders, nurseries, and preschools are regulated by a government body known as Ofsted and are periodically reviewed and rated. To search the Ofsted reports for registered providers or if you have a child with special needs, visit If you are returning to work or resuming your career after having a child, you might want to find out more about the Returning Carers Scheme on the University's HR website.

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