Chapter 1
Written by Rachel, founder of Koru Kids and mum of 3, our childcare guide covers everything you need to know to find the right childcare for your family.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 2
Read our complete childcare guide to help you find the right childcare to suit your family.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 3
Not sure where to start with nurseries, nannies or au pairs? Read our comprehensive childcare guide to help you find the right childcare for your little one.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 4
Read our comprehensive guide to the after school or wraparound childcare choices there are in the UK, so you can find the right childcare for your family.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 5
School holidays bring freedom and fun for children, but for working parents, it can be a logistical challenge. Eight weeks in one go when you only get 28 days…
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 6
Why do families choose to use childcare agencies instead of going direct? Read our guide to find out, and make an informed decision about your childcare.
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Chapter 7
If you’re new to the UK and struggling with UK childcare terminology, we get it. That’s why we’ve created this handy cheat-sheet.
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Chapter 8
The cost of childcare in the UK can vary significantly depending on type of childcare, location, hours required, and age of your child.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 9
There is Government support to help you cover your childcare costs – for a full breakdown of what they are and how to access them read our guide today.
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Chapter 10
Part of our comprehensive childcare guide, we break down everything to do with the EYFS, from the research its based on to how it’s kept up to date with modern life.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 11
The EYFS isn’t just for childcare providers; there’s plenty for parents to know too. Read our handy guide to what you need to know about the EYFS.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 12
In our childcare guide we’ve shared some of the best questions to ask nurseries or childminders to get the answers you need to make informed decisions about your childcare
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Chapter 13
Including what to ask for and what questions to ask to get the answers you need to hear to move forward with a nanny.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 14
Read our guide to know what you should consider when choosing childcare that’s right for your family – it’s not about what’s right or wrong, just what’s right for you!
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 2
Finding childcare
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Whether you’re returning to work post-parental leave or embarking on a new career after spending quality time at home with your kids, finding the right childcare for your family is critical. 

You’re definitely doing the right thing researching! But there are so many childcare options in the UK that it can feel daunting even knowing where to begin.

I’m going to try and simplify things for you by examining each of your childcare options, explaining what it is, where the care takes place, and some of the average costs around the country. 

I’ll suggest who I think each childcare option might be most relevant for, taking into account costs, SEN requirements, and whether you have multiples or small age-gaps between children. Of course, you’ll want to make your own ‘pros and cons’ list but hopefully this should get you started.

Childcare Option Usual Age Range Setting Sizes Ratios Average Maximum Hours Location
Nursery 0-5 years Medium to Large 3:1-5:1 8am-6pm On-site
Full-time Nanny 0-5 years Small 1:1-3:1 Flexible In home
Nanny Share 0-5 years Small 2:1-4:1 Flexible In home
Night Nanny 0-6 months Small 1:1 Overnight In home
Maternity Nurse 0-3 months Small 1:1 Overnight In home
Au Pair 0-5 years Small Varies Varies In home
Live-in Nanny 0-5 years Small 1:1-3:1 Varies In home
Mother’s Help 0-5 years Small Varies Varies In home
Childminder 0-12 years Small to Medium 3:1 8am-6pm On-site
After-school Clubs 4-11 years Small 3:1 to 8:1 3pm-6pm On-site
Wraparound Care 0-11 years Varies Varies Varies In home or out

Recently moved to the UK

If you’ve recently moved from overseas and are a little lost with some of the terminology, you’re not alone. Even for British people, the British childcare system is really hard to navigate. As an expat (aka an immigrant) myself, I know it’s even harder when you don’t understand the words people are saying! Even though I come from an English-speaking country (New Zealand), the British words for childcare options were different from my home country and that was very confusing initially. I’ve created a cheat-sheet for UK childcare choices terminology translated from other countries.