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Nurseries
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Day nurseries take children from 3 months to 5 years.
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They generally operate between 8 am and 6 pm (private nurseries may have more flexible hours) and are open most of the year except for Christmas and bank holidays. Some take summer holidays so check before you sign up if this would clash with your schedule.
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Children in nurseries are cared for by a selection of adults. Most operate on the key worker system where the parent and child are allocated a key nursery worker. This is the staff member who builds a special relationship with the child and is the parent's main point of contact for discussion on their child's development and progress within the nursery.
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Nurseries are governed by strict regulations and are checked every four years by Ofsted who publish a report on their findings. You can contact Ofsted on 020 7421 6800 or visit their website on www.ofsted.gov.uk.
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There are also guidelines laid out on the ratio of adults to children in a nursery. From one to two years it is one adult to three children. From two to three years it is one adult to four children and from three to seven years it is one adult to eight children.
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