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A facility providing care and education for children aged 0–5, either full‐time or part‐time. They are usually open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., all year round. The day nursery has to be registered with Ofsted and is inspected every year. At least half the staff must be qualified to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework and there must be a qualified teacher either in the nursery, or supported by local authority peripatetic early years teachers who work within a family of settings. Day nurseries vary in size, but most take 25–40 children who are grouped together according to age; children aged 0–5 in England follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. There are different types of day nursery including those with private, community, voluntary, work‐based, and local authority status. Some day nurseries take children up to age 8 as part of ‘wraparound care’ for school age children. For children under 2, there is a staff ratio of one adult to three children; for those aged 2–3, one adult to four children; and for 3–5‐year‐olds, one adult to eight children. Most day nurseries operate a key worker system, which supports a child's attachment to a significant adult.

http://www.childcarelink.gov.uk Provides information on the range of childcare provision.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/parenting/childcare/available_nurseries.shtml Gives information for parents about early learning and development, and the range of day care services.

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Annie Woods

Subjects: Education.

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