Crèches provide occasional care for children while their parents are engaged in other activities such as adult education, shopping or sports.
A child can only stay in a crèche for a limited amount of time each day. The maximum amount of time allowed is four hours if the parent is on the premises or nearby. Crèches cannot have a long-term commitment to the children they care for. Crèches can choose to be registered on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register.