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Day nurseries

Day nurseries provide care, play and some education for children aged less than 5 years.

There are different types of nurseries: private, community or council-run. They must be inspected and registered by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).


Rates will vary across the country. Medway Family Information Service will be able to give you up-to-date local costs.

All 3 and 4 year-olds, and some 2 year-olds, in Medway are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year.

From September 2017 some 3 and 4 year olds may be entitled to 30 hours of free early education funding. 


All offer part-time places and up to full daycare, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Choosing the right nursery

When you visit a nursery for the first time, have your list of questions ready.
Look at our childcare checklist for help.

Your child should experience learning and development activities suitable for their age.

For more information

The Family Information Service directory has a list of day nurseries.