Day nurseries provide childcare and education for young children between the ages of six weeks and five years. They are usually open between 7am – 7pm and most open 51 weeks of the year.
Most day nurseries are able to offer the 15 hours per week of free early education to eligible three and four year olds; this can be accessed flexibly to fit in with the parents needs for childcare.
Parents must pay for any additional hours above the 15 hours per week or for childcare for children who are not eligible for the free 15 hours. The cost of childcare in a day nursery will vary depending on the age of the child and the number of hours of childcare being used. Parents may be entitled to claim back some of the cost of childcare through the Tax Credit / Universal Credit or Childcare Vouchers / tax-free childcare scheme.