Diploma Level 3 in Childcare Unit 067

There are many different types of childcare provision. These include toddler groups where the toddler can stay and play, learning skills for socialising with other children. The partents can stay and also learn skills on how to help with their own childs development. Day care is for children from the age of 3 months to 5 years. This is what my setting is. There are different classes for the different ages of the children. Parents can choose the hours that the child attends, usually fitting in with work commitments. Some may only use the place part time, others full time. Some just use the place for their free government funded hours. A crèche is a drop in centre style childcare provision. Parents do not pay a monthly fee they only pay when they need it. Creches can be in places such as gyms, shopping centres and churches. By having them in these areas the children are looked after whilst the parents can work out, shop or pray.
The childcare sector has changed a lot in the last 50 years. Back in the 1960s, women were staying home to care for their children. Now, this is very much the opposite and womens jobs etc have just as much importance as the men. Provisions for children of working parents have had to increase greatly. Also since the 1960s, the number of single mums has increased, making it harder for them to both look after their children and go to work, for this reason they have made more daycares available for these mothers. The government now offer all 3-4 year olds free day care for up to 15 hours a week. And also hours for vulnerable 2 year olds meaning more opportunities for Mothers to go to work.
Over the past ten to fifteen years the early year’s sector has been at the forefront of government agenda and there have been huge changes in response to social and economic developments.