Services for Young Children


Child age range

  • 6 weeks  – 5 years age range, although registered up to 8 years


  • Crèches provide care in order that parents can attend appointments, carry out chores or undertake training.

  • Sessions provided throughout a day.

  • Children receive learning and development activities suitable for their age.

  • Most crèches provide places for between 12 and 16 children.

  • Minimum staffing ratios are 1:4 for children aged 2 and 1:8 for children aged 3 to 5.

  • Most staff are trained to work with children.

  • There are also mobile crèches which are able to provide ‘one-off’ care in order for parents to attend training or events.

Quality assurance

  • Depending on how long a child attends a crèche, and where the crèche is located will depend on whether the service is required to register and be inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). See further details.

  • Some crèches can be registered through the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register if they meet requirements.

  • Parents can ask the crèche for a copy of their Ofsted inspection report if they are registered, or go online


  • Prices vary depending on whether the child attends a crèche as part of a health club or as part of a day nursery.

  • A 2 hour session is likely to cost between £5 - £8.

Times available

  • Generally throughout the day from 8am – 6pm in block sessions.

  • Sometimes weekends.