These are the different types of nursery available in the
Royal Borough. Some are registered with Ofsted on childcare and
early years registers, some are inspected by Ofsted as part of a
school inspection and some are inspected through the
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). You can view inspection
reports by visiting the Ofsted
- Day Nurseries can care for children aged from
birth to five years and usually offer day care from 8am to 6pm, for
most of the year. All day nurseries will be registered with
inspected regularly. They can be run by private individuals,
community groups, Montessori organisations, commercial businesses
or by employers.
- Private Nursery Schools (Private Independent
Schools) are owned privately and can offer sessional or
full day care to children aged two to five. Some schools can offer
a particular educational approach, for example Montessori. They may
operate only during term-time or could open all year. They could be
registered with Ofsted or the ISI.
- (LEA) Maintained Nursery Schools offer full
and part-time early years education places, typically between
school hours. They are attached to primary schools. A child can
attend for a full or half day. Nursery schools may also offer
childcare after school (see out of school clubs). They will be
inspected by Ofsted, as part of a school inspection.
Pre-schools (sometimes called playgroups) provide care and most
also provide early education for children aged between
two-and-a-half and five. They can be registered with Ofsted or
Some pre-schools will expect parents to make an active
contribution to the running of the group. Pre-schools operate from
a variety of premises including church and community halls.
Pre-schools offer sessions from two-and-a-half hours to four
hours, during term time, either every day or on several days a
week. Some parents arrange for a childminder to drop and pick up
their children at pre-school, providing care for the remainder of
List of nurseries and playgroups
To request a printed copy call the Family Information
Service on tel: 020 7361 3302.
Many nurseries operate waiting lists for children of different
age groups. We suggest that you look at nursery options, soon after
your child is born, if not during pregnancy. Please contact the
nursery directly, for the latest vacancy information.
If your child is over three then they might be eligible to
receive the Minimum Funding Entitlement (formerly
known as the Nursery Education Grant) towards the cost of a place
in a private nursery or pre-school.