Day nurseries

Day nurseries offer childcare and early learning for children from babies to school age. They are located on non-domestic premises and your child can attend full-time or part-time.

Find a day nursery

You will need to speak to the nursery to find out if they offer funded places for two, three and four year-olds and if have funded spaces available.

The Norfolk Directory also has information on settings which offer funded places for two year-olds, and three and four-year-olds.

More information on free early learning and childcare.

Day nurseries usually charge a daily rate, though some may offer a part time or weekly rate. You will agree this with them before your child starts. You will also have a signed contract in place with your nursery which details notice periods, holiday care, sickness and late payments.

The average rate for a day nursery in the East of England was £112.20 in 2016, based on a 25-hour week (£4.49 on average per hour). The average hourly cost for a day nursery in Norfolk was £4.45 in September 2016. This rate does vary throughout the county so it is important to check the information available. 

You may also need to pay extra for food and or nappies so it is important to discuss this with your contact before agreeing their terms.

Nurseries' opening hours vary but many are open between the core hours of 8am and 6pm. Most nurseries are open all year. Check with individual providers regarding their hours of opening.
You will need to contact the day nursery directly to apply for a place for your child and they will let you know about their application process. There may be a waiting list for the nursery so it's best to check well in advance.

The Department for Education sets a statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. This outlines standards for staff qualifications, training, support and skills.

For children aged under two:

  • There must be at least one member of staff for every three children
For children aged two:
  • There must be at least one member of staff for every four children
For children aged three and over in registered early years provision where a person with Qualified Teacher Status, Early Years Professional Status, Early Years Teacher Status or another suitable level 6 qualification is working directly with the children:
  • There must be at least one member of staff for every 13 children
Early Years Teacher Status or another suitable level 6 qualification is not working directly with the children
  • There must be at least one member of staff for every eight children
Nurseries are registered with and inspected by Ofsted and must meet all Ofsted registration and welfare requirements to be allowed to offer childcare. Ofsted provides a report which details the day nursery's conditions of registration and grading. The day nursery will be able to provide you with a copy of this or you can contact Ofsted for further information.

See our information on Keeping children safe in childcare.

If you have any concerns or complaints about a nursery it is best to talk direct to the nursery first. If the complaint is unresolved you can contact us or report your concerns to Ofsted.

You may also inform Norfolk County Council if you feel a child is at risk.