Starting a Day Nursery

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Statutory registration and national standards
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Day nurseries provide childcare for pre-school children usually from birth to around four or five years of age during working hours, generally between 8am and 6pm. Depending on where the nursery is located in the UK, the proprietors must be registered with the appropriate national statutory body before starting to trade. The manager of the nursery (if they are not also the proprietor) and nursery staff may also need to be registered.

Day nurseries typically provide structured activities and pre-school education for children, and are strictly regulated by the various national statutory bodies under the relevant national minimum standards for childcare. Premises and equipment must meet national standards which vary depending on where the nursery is located, and there are also various qualification requirements for staff, who must undergo criminal records disclosure checks.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a day nursery. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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