From EYFramework06 (HMI 2601a): The definition of crèches is: Facilities which provide occasional care for children under 8 and are provided on particular premises on more than five days a year. They need to be registered where they run for more than two hours a day, even where individual children attend for shorter periods. Some are in permanent premises and care for children while parents are engaged in particular activities, e.g. shopping or sport. Others are established on a temporary basis to care for children while their parents are involved in time-limited activities e.g. a conference or exhibition.
From P0001899, Exemptions: provision which operates for less than 2 hours a day or on fewer than 6 days a year; this exemption currently exists, meaning that Ofsted does not have to register very short term providers.
short term occasional care, to comprise settings which: - look after individual children for periods of two hours or less. The hours should be calculated at the level of an individual child; provision that only looks after children for very short periods of time while parents undertake activity on the same site, such as shopping, or sports activity, will no longer be required to register. Such provision will only be able to take individual children for less than 2 hours. If they take individual children for longer, they will have to register. - operate for six days at a time or less on the same site to capture companies which supply crèche provision for events nationwide; there are mobile crèche companies who currently have to register every time they set up at a new site. These are to provide short term care for children while their parents are attending an event such as Crufts. - do not care for any individual child for more than six consecutive days at a time (judged in relation to the normal opening days of the setting).