Child Care

Our specialist Child Care Adviser can advise you on many options of child care to suit your individual needs. Here's a brief overview of the different types of child care available. For more information call Student Affairs on +44 (0)121 331 5588.

Day care/nurseries

Nurseries look after children up to the age of five. All day nurseries have to be registered with the Government and inspected by Ofsted. Normally these are open for the majority of the day - usually 7.30am-6pm, although some may vary. Nurseries charge from £100 to £250 per week, some offering part-time sessions.

Generally private day care is open all year round and fees must be paid throughout the year, although some may offer suitable weeks to those who are studying.

All nurseries follow the ‘Every Child Matters' agenda and the ‘Early Years Curriculum’, which prepare youngsters for school.

Nurseries offer some free sessions for three and four year olds - contact the nursery for more information.

More information about finding suitable nurseries is available on Birmingham City Council's website.


A registered childminder normally looks after children in their home subject to an inspection. A childminder can care for a number of children depending on their age. All registered childminders are qualified and often offer flexible days to suit your needs. Childminders are also generally cheaper compared with private day care.

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Nursery schools

Nursery schools offer free child care and often part-time sessions. It's rare for nursery schools to offer full-time places. These nurseries are attached to a school and often have their own head teacher. Sending your child to a nursery school doesn't automatically mean they will subsequently be offered a place at the school. Please check the nursery school's policy.

Most nursery schools have waiting lists for places.

Before and after care clubs

The Government's aim is for most schools to have before and after care clubs. Normally these are open from 8am, offering breakfast and activities. The provider then takes your child to their class. Some clubs offer a ‘bus service’ to take your child to school.

The club also looks after your child when school finishes. Depending on your child's age, they are either collected from class or make their own way to the club. Generally the clubs are on school premises. Prices vary from £2-8 per hour. Sessions are normally booked in advance.

Au pairs/nannies

Au pairs/nannies live in your home and provide child care services. Au pairs are often employed by an agency, are short term and cheaper than nannies. Nannies are often paid more as they are qualified and have more experience. This form of child care can also accommodate siblings.

For more information, visit The British Au Pair Agencies Association.

Holiday clubs/play schemes

Holiday clubs are a form of child care that provides cover during school holidays. These vary in price from £30-75 per week. The clubs offer activities such as sports, arts and crafts, music and dance. Birmingham City Council's website provides more information.

These clubs generally provide activities for children aged 5-12 years. Staff have been CRB checked and normally hold certificates such as Child Protection and First Aid.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes :

  • Staying safe
  • Being healthy
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Achieving economic wellbeing

The nursery is divided into areas to enable the children to interact with those of a similar age, although they do have the opportunity to play with other children, in particular to be close to their siblings. Activities range from free play, where the children can choose to play with their favourite toys, and planned activities that are more structured and age appropriate.

For more information: Student Affairs Child Care Adviser: 0121 331 5588