Day Care is provided at any time (day or night) for children under eight on premises other than domestic premises. Care is provided for more than a total of two hours a day. Day care providers need to be put on a register by OFSTED.
Full Day Care is for children under eight for a continuous period of four hours or more in any day. Examples are day nurseries, children's centres and some family centres.
Sessional Day Care is for children under eight for sessions that are less than a continuous period of four hours in a day. Examples are playgroups that run mornings only or those that run both mornings and afternoons, but with a break between the sessions when the children do not attend.
Creches provide occasional care for children under eight for more than five days a year. They need to be registered where they run for more than two hours a day, even when children attend for shorter periods.
Out of School Care is day care for children under eight which operates for one or more of the following:
The total care provided is for more than two hours in any day and for more than five days a year. Examples are summer camps, holiday play-schemes, breakfast clubs and after school clubs.
- before school;
- after school; or
- during school holidays.