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Day Nursery and Crèche

Day nurseries and crèches provide an essential service to working parents by offering childcare to children from birth.

A happy childcare worker smiling down at a pre-school aged child
Action shot - children playing tea party outside with nursery worker Sam Tanner.

About Day Nurseries and Crèches

The terms day nursery, day care and crèche are used interchangeably to describe the place where parents send their children to be taken care of during work hours in the day. The ages of the children who go to day nurseries and crèches range from as young as six weeks old upwards.

Day nurseries and creches can be run by local authorities or local communities, or they can be privately run. They offer a safe environment to support children’s play, learning and development. They can help develop sensory and exploration skills in babies. For toddlers, a focus on play helps to develop social and creative skills. Creches can also offer temporary childcare solutions for parents to attend specific events such as training, learning or even exercise classes.

Day Nurseries and Crèches regulation

Providers of day nurseries and creches in Wales are required to meet the required standards set out and enforced by Care Inspectorate Wales.

Explore some roles you can do in Day Nurseries and Crèches

As a Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner, you’ll be responsible for providing day care for children in an unsupervised or a supervisory role. Assistant Practitioners would provide day care to children in a non-supervisory role.

Find a job in care

If you’re thinking of a career in care, take a look at our jobs board to get an idea of the type of roles available.