Day nurseries take children from two months up to school age. They usually open most of the year and generally open 8am to 6pm but some may offer longer hours. Some may provide out of school care for older children.
This type of care is ideal if you feel happier leaving your child with a team of professional staff trained in childcare who can always provide care even if an individual staff member is away. They are regulated and inspected by Ofsted.
Nursery schools and classes
Nursery schools and classes provide early education for three to five year olds (some may take younger children).
Private or independent nurseries
Private or independent nurseries usually take children from two or two and a half up to age five and offer sessional care during term time.
Some working parents are eligible for 30 hours funded childcare.
Working in early years
Information if you are interested in a career in childcare.