Council Nurseries

Currently, nursery classes which are based within primary schools are term time only and usually operate between the hours of 8.30 am and 4 pm. As we move into the expansion of early learning and childcare, most nursery classes will be open for 45.6 weeks of the year and operate between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. Details of planned nursery operating models are contained in the Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. Most nurseries provide for 3-5 year olds, with some providing for 2-5 year olds. All our nurseries offer flexible sessions, which include the option for your child to stay for full days over lunchtime.

Standalone nurseries are in separate buildings from primary schools and operate on an extended year basis, closing for one week each at Easter and Christmas, and on bank holidays. These nurseries vary in opening times between 8 am and 5.30 pm. Some standalone nurseries cater for 0-5 years, while others cater for 2-5 year olds. By 2020, all standalone nurseries will be open from 8 am to 6 pm.

Funded Provider Nurseries & Playgroups

Most funded provider nurseries are open all year round and cater for children age 0-5 years. Usual opening hours are between 8 am and 6 pm although some open earlier and later than this. Some funded provider nurseries also offer out of school care provision.

Funded community nurseries and playgroups are currently open mornings only and during term time. As we move into the expansion of early learning and childcare, these settings will remain open during term time but will operate for full day sessions. Details of planned nursery operating models are contained in the Delivery Plan for the Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. Most funded community nurseries and playgroups accept children from 2½-5 years. Some are run by parents whilst others are privately owned.

Childminders

Funded childminders provide opportunities for care, education and play in their own homes for children under 5 years and for school aged children.

A number of childminders are now in partnership with us. A flexible service is usually provided all year round.