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There are many childcare options available, some may even be free if you are eligible

From childminders to day nurseries, breakfast clubs to preschool playgroups, your child can benefit from childcare, including school readiness. See below to uncover some of the key benefits of childcare for your child's development and find out what real Sandwell parents have to say about their experience with local childminders in our parent testimonials. 

What are the key benefits of childcare?

  • Play 

Playtime for a child has numerous positive outcomes. Imaginations are grown through play and act as an output for their own creativity resulting in better self-esteem and confidence for the child. This also strengthens their physical and mental well-being developing their coordination, balance, and cognitive abilities. 

  • Learn

In a childcare environment, this is an ideal chance for your child to learn something new, particularly for 2 years olds as their brains are developing quickly, therefore a range of exciting activities offered by childcare providers can aid their learning. Childminders are trained to provide learning-based activities. Childcare can also provide a routine for the child allowing them to learn and understand what the day's structure will be like, making them feel safe. 

  • Explore

Exploring the outdoors can be super fun for your child and builds their curiosity by discovering new places whether it's a local park, library, farm, or garden. Children explore using their senses and being able to take part in activities or outdoor play allows these to be stimulated. 

  • Socialise

The friendships and connections your child makes with other children helps them to be school-ready by developing their social skills. Socialising can take place in all childcare settings, including with a childminder. Sharing and building emotional strength helps your child understand what is expected of them in social interactions and taking other people's feelings into account. 

Sandwell Parent testimonials for local childminders:

[Due to data protection, we cannot identify each individual parent by name]

Parent, Oldbury

''Our children can play in a smaller environment where they have the attention and input from adults who really get to know them.''

Parent, Great Barr

''Children gain; more attention, a wider variety of learning activities (than those in a restricted nursery environment), more outside play and development, and the benefit of building a relationship with one person only, which in turn builds the child’s confidence. All of these things are hugely important to a young child whilst developing their basic skills through their younger years into a junior school.''

Parents, Smethwick 

''The childminder we chose has continuously gone above and beyond to support our child's personal interests. She has treated our daughter as part of her family...''

Parent, Wednesbury 

''...I was encouraged by photos of outings and activities I had seen that my son would be really stimulated and extremely well looked after.''

We'd like to thank the childminders and parents who took the time to get in touch with us to help support the making of the parent testimonials.