Octopus is a group of professional childminders working in their own homes providing quality childcare for families in Horsham and surrounding areas.


We offer:


  • Family home environment

  • Ofsted registered

  • CRB checked

  • Flexible, affordable, adaptable

  • Personal small group care

  • Consistency of care for babies upwards

  • Professional and well trained

  • Experienced, local carers

  • Stimulating and safe

  • Real life learning through a variety of activities and outings

Nannies offer the same as above but from your own home. Our Nanny details are in the same page as the Childminders.

What help is available towards the cost of childcare?

There are 3 main sources of funding to help with childcare costs. All forms of financial assistance require you to use Ofsted registered childcare settings.


  •  Free Entitlement (Early Education) places for 3 and 4 year olds and  some 2 year olds.


  •  Element of Working Tax Credit (WTC). If you are employed and  receive WTC you may be able to have some childcare costs paid for.


  •  Childcare Vouchers your employer may offer a salary sacrifice  scheme saving you Tax and National Insurance Contributions on  some, or all of your childcare costs. This is changing in Autumn 2015  so please see link for most upto date information.

For Parents

As registered childminders we must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  To find out more click on the link for the Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.