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A nanny provides childcare for one or more children in the parent's own home. Nannies can sometimes live-in with the family.
A babysitter usually babysits in the parent's home for a few hours during the evening. Babysitters are often used by parents staying in hotels or at weddings and other venues.
A childminder is somebody who provides childcare for children in the childminder's own home for more than two hours a day. Childminders offer a home-from-home setting. This means that children will have the freedom and comforts they are used to in their own homes but with the added benefit of a structured routine that has its roots in delivering a core educational curriculum.
Nurseries provide play, care and early education for children below school age. Some nurseries take babies from as young as six weeks and will provide care for them until they are of school age. They can be fairly expensive however, many parents choose this options as it provides a stead and reliable form of childcare.
Out of School Clubs are childcare facilities that offer care for short periods before and after school, allowing parents to get to or finish work. Holiday clubs operate during the school holidays and often include numerous activities to keep the children busy and happy.
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