Day nurseries provide a safe and structured environment for children under five where they can play, learn skills, be part of a group and make friends while their parents work or study.
Generally, they are open throughout the day, most weeks of the year. Part-time places are often available.
Do day nurseries need to be registered?
Yes, all childcare providers caring for children under the age of eight for more than two hours a day, for more than 14 days a year, must be registered on either the Early Years Register or the compulsory part of the Childcare Register.
Requirements for days nurseries
Registered day nurseries must ensure that:
- all staff submit to a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check
- a first aid-qualified member of staff is present at all times
- at least 50% of staff have the relevant qualifications
- the premises have passed necessary inspection.
Early years free entitlement
Most day nurseries in Croydon have signed up to the council's terms and conditions for providing the early years free entitlement for three and four year olds.
How to find day nursery?
Family Space Croydon can provide you with details of day nurseries in your area or near your place of work or study.
- Early Years Free Entitlement for Childcare and Education [247.6KB]
- Funding for early education for your 2 year old child [598.9KB]
- Choosing Childcare and Other Activities [415.0KB]