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Day nurseries

Day nurseries normally provide early education and childcare for children from 3 months to 5 years. These tend to open from Monday to Friday, and from 8.00am to 6.00pm, but some are open longer hours tailored to the needs of working parents. These also tend to operate all year round (except for bank holidays in most cases) and some close between Christmas and New Year, while others remain open. 

Many day nurseries offer the free early education entitlements that are available to 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds.

Most day nurseries are privately run and can be independent businesses, part of a small chain of two or three settings, or part of a larger franchise. These may run from modern purpose-built buildings, or in converted spaces. Settings vary in size from 20 to over 180 places and will often be split into rooms for different aged children.

Day nurseries often offer a whole range of activities for children, such as yoga and music and movement classes, forest school sessions, or language classes, to name some. They may also adopt a particular educational approach, such as Montessori. Most follow an Early Years curriculum (also known as EYFS) and are registered with Ofsted. However, some private or indendent day nurseries may be registered with the Independent School Directorate (ISI).

List access a list of day nurseries offering the early education entitlement for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds, click on the following link: 



Last Updated 25/01/2022

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