- Nurseries are for children under five years old to learn, play and have fun in groups while their parents work or study or are busy elsewhere.
- Most Nurseries are registered with their local authority and inspected each year. They are usually open all day for most weeks in the year
- Nurseries are run by a team of staff and activities should be planned to help children enjoy learning
- At Nursery children can enjoy making friends, playing outside, sharing meals and trying out new skills.
- Plus points for Nurseries
- Opportunities for children to learn and play with friends
- Usually geared to the needs of children with working parents
- Some Nurseries offer free, part-time early education places for children aged three and four.
What are the different types of Nursery?
- Private Nursery – geared for working parents and the type you are most likely to find in your area
- Local authority Nursery – run by the local authority for children in the local community
- Community Nursery – a non-profit Nursery run for children in the local community
- Workplace Nursery – some employers run childcare schemes for children of their employees
How many children will there be in a Nursery?
- Most Nurseries provide places for between 26 and 40 children although some are smaller and others larger.
- Children are usually divided into much smaller groups based on their age.
What age range are the children in a Nursery?
- Nurseries are for children aged up to five.
- Some nurseries have places for babies and toddlers as well as for children aged three to five.
- some Nurseries are part of childcare schemes, which also provide childcare for older children.
When are Nurseries open?
- Most nurseries open at around 8.30am and close at around 6pm
- Some offer different hours for the children of people working shifts
- Most nurseries are open all year round except for public holidays.
How much does a Nursery cost?
- Nursery charges vary in different areas
- Expect to pay between £80 and £180 per child per week.