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Nurseries care for children starting from 6 weeks old through to school age and offer full-time and/or part-time care. They may be run by Local Authorities, Community Members, Employers or Private Individuals/Companies. Day Nurseries are usually open 8.00am - 7.00pm on Weekdays and primarily cater for the needs of working parents. For more information click here.

Pre-schools and Play Groups are sometimes organised by Community or Voluntary Groups, others are run privately. They may offer full day-care or specific sessions. Many have extra services such as Breakfast Clubs, Lunch Clubs and Holiday Play Schemes. For more information click here


Registered Childminders

Out of School Clubs

Childminders are based in their own homes and provide child care for small groups of children. They are usually self-employed and decide which hours they work. For more information click here.

Out of School Clubs offer children a safe and stimulating environment in which they can play and learn outside of school hours. These clubs are often run as Breakfast, After School and School Holidays Schemes.



Nursery Classes and Schools fall into two groups - State and Private. Most Nurseries will take your child between the ages of 3 and 5 years. They are open throughout the School year and operate a Core Day of 9.00am - 3.30pm. Most offer 5 half-day sessions, although some types of Nursery will offer part-time / full-time places depending on individual needs. For more information click here.

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