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Setting Up Childcare Provision

Full Day Care

Registered full day care can be provided at any time (day or night) for children under eight at a venue other than domestic premises for more than a total of two hours a day.

Full day care; often provided by day nurseries offer care usually from 7:30am till 6pm Monday to Friday. This caters for the needs of the majority of working parents and for children 0-5 years old.

If you are interested in setting up full day care more information is available here.

Sessional Day Care

Sessional day care is usually provided in blocks under 4 hours this can include pre school playgroups which may offer morning or afternoon sessions for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

It can also include breakfast clubs and after school provision for school aged children. Some providers of out of school provision may also offer holiday clubs.


A childminder is a person who looks after one or more children under the age of eight for more than a total of two hours a day on domestic premises (other than the child’s own home.)

(more on childminding and the childminding network)

Regulation of childcare provision

Ofsted are responsible for the registration, inspection and regulation of all registered childcare provision

Career options

Interested in a career working with children? There are a number of options, and you may need advice and support to help you make the right choice for you.

(more on career options in working with children)