Services for Young Children

Day nursery

Child age range

  • 6 weeks – 5 years age range

  • Can take older children for out of school care/ holidays (5 – 11 years)


  • Day nurseries provide care and education.

  • Day nurseries can be run by the council, the community, based in the workplace or privately run.

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

  • Staff are qualified to work in day nurseries.

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

  • Day nurseries usually cater for around 30 plus children.

  • For more ‘popular’ day nurseries there will be a waiting list in operation.

Quality assurance

  • All day nurseries who care for children under the age of 8 must be registered and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

  • All day nurseries that provide part time early years education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds are inspected by Ofsted.

  • Parents can ask day nurseries for a copy of their Ofsted inspection report or go online.


  • Prices do vary depending on area, services provided and age of child.

  • Costs start from about £200 for a full time week.

  • Day nurseries that are on the Hampshire County Council ‘Directory of Providers’ provide part time early years education for some 2 yearold (eligible families), and 3 and 4 year olds which is free to parents.

  • Financial support is available from Tax Credits/ Universal Credit or employer supported Childcare Vouchers depending on the family's income.

  • Deposits are usually required to secure a place.

Times available

  • Generally from 7am to 7pm, 50 weeks per year

  • Children can attend full or part time.