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Full day care (day nursery)

Day nurseries offer full and part time care for children aged 3 months - 5 years, they operate throughout the year and usually open Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm (some are extended to include Saturdays).

Some nurseries also offer out of school and holiday childcare.

The nursery premises must be appropriate for use by young children and be a home from home environment  with an outside play area, a quiet/sleep area, kitchen and changing/toileting facilities.  Sufficient car parking to enable safe drop off and collection for parents must also be taken into consideration.

Managing the day nursery

The person in charge of running the nursery and managing the staff must:

  • Have at least 2 years experience of working in a day care setting and have a recognised level 3 childcare qualification from the National Qualifications Framework (NNEB, CACHE Diploma in Childcare, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent).
  • The nursery must have a named deputy who is able to take charge in the absence of the manager.

The staff:

  • At least 80% of the non-supervisory staff must hold a level 2 childcare qualification from the National Qualifications Framework and at least half of these have a qualification at level 3.  Where this cannot be achieved immediately, the registered person will set out an action plan detailing how they intend to meet the criterion and agree a timescale by which it will be achieved.  The CIWOpens new window will consider the plan and offer their approval or indicate aspects that need improvement.
  • All staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

For more information please contact the Family Information Service.

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