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.
All crèches that are running for more than 2 hours, operating more than 6 days a year, who care for children under the age of 8 must be registered and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
Some crèches can be registered through the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register if they meet requirements.
Parents can ask Crèches for a copy of their Ofsted inspection report 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.
Generally throughout the day from 8am – 6pm in block sessions.