What is a Crèche?
A safe, supervised play area for a group of children whose parents are occupied in an activity (e.g. education, leisure, shopping) on the same premises nearby.
The age range being cared for in a crèche situation may vary.
How do I know my child will be safe and secure?
First of all - you know your child best, so look for a crèche that you feel is suitable for your child.
Some crèches may choose to be registered with OFSTED (OCR - Voluntary) however this isn't a legal requirement.
What should a good crèche look like?
It should be a cheerful, safe, warm, light room, with a variety of good quality play materials for a large age range. There should be two or more crèche workers who should be friendly and welcoming to you and your child.
Is the crèche insured?
As good practice it should be. If you don't see any details displayed, ask!
Will I have to pay?
This will depend on the crèche. Ask if you are not sure.
How many children will there be?
This will vary, however the provider should limit thier numbers by the size of the room and the number of workers.
How do I use a crèche?
On arrival you register your child with a crèche worker allowing time to settle your child. Label all your child's belongings
e.g.: bottles, spare clothes, favourite toys. Carrying them all in one bag is good idea. Pick up your child promptly at the end of the crèche session.
Can I stay?
Yes, it's a good idea to settle your child in. If possible visit the crèche before you use it. Make sure that your child's experience of a crèche will be a positive one. Good crèche workers will welcome your interest and concern and will want to make sure both you and your child enjoy your day.
What to do if you’re concerned
If you have any concerns at all about the quality or integrity of your childcare provider, you can contact the regulating body - OFSTED - on 08456 404040.
How can I find a creche?
Ealing Children’s Information Service holds details on all childcare in the London Borough of Ealing. You can search for local childcare providers by postcode and area or contact the FIS for a printed list.