These provide occasional or temporary care usually for children up to five although some do allow older - babies are usually required to have had first vaccinations before attending. Some crèches are in permanent premises and care for children whilst their parents are engaged in particular activities, for example, shopping or sports. Others are established on a temporary basis to care for children whilst their parents are involved in time-limited activities, for example, a conference or exhibition. Parents are usually required to stay on site or nearby. There may be restrictions on the length of time a child can stay in a crèches.

Crèches need to be registered with Ofsted if they run for more than two hours a day, even when individual children attend for shorter periods.