Services for Young Children

Creche

Child age range

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

Facts

  • 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

  • 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

Costs

  • 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.