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Day Nurseries

A day nursery

  • Is a childcare centre that provides a safe and structured environment that is set up to care for children from birth to about five years old.
  • Children can play, learn skills, be part of a group and make friends while their parents work or study. 
  • Open between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday all year round (excluding Bank Holidays).
  • Offer part time and full time care.
  • Are different to nursery schools. Nursery schools are for children aged between three and five and are often attached to a preschool or primary school and used as a “feeder” for the school they are attached to.
  • Access free entitlement funding for 2,3 & 4 year olds.
  • Required to register with Ofsted.
  • Inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children they care for.
  • Are required to follow the EYFS
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage is a mandatory framework for all Ofsted registered childcare providers and schools caring for children from birth to five years. This was developed to ensure that all childcare services provide a safe and secure environment for children to support their learning through carefully planned play activities which are fun and appropriate to their needs
  • Some offer after school and/or holiday care.
  • You may be entitled to help with childcare costs through the Inland Revenue Tax Credits
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