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Running a creche

Crèches offer occasional short-term care for children in places such as leisure centres.

Crèche guidelines

Some crèches may be exempt from Ofsted registration. For example, crèches running in:

  • leisure centres
  • children's centres
  • shopping centres
  • adult education centres.

We have produced guidance for crèches (.pdf format, 435 Kb) to help ensure they offer high-quality care. The document includes advice for:

  • the organisation of a crèche
  • registration
  • safeguarding
  • childcare practice.