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Nursery facts

  • A day nursery provides care and education for children between the ages of six weeks and five years. Many also offer out-of-school care for five-to-11-year olds.
  • Maintained nurseries provide care and education for children between the ages of three and four years (some offer places to two-year-olds).
  • Day nurseries can be run by the council, the community, based in the workplace or privately run.
  • Maintained nurseries are run by the council.
  • Day nursery opening times tend to coincide with a standard working day - 8am to 7pm on weekdays, 50 weeks of the year. You can send your child full or part-time.
  • Your child should experience learning and development activities suitable for their age.
  • Always use a registered day nursery to ensure that they are regularly inspected by Ofsted, but also to check that the free part-time early education is satisfactory. All maintained nurseries are registered with Ofsted.
  • Children will be grouped together by age and looked after by qualified staff according to specified staff/children ratios.