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A Full Day Care Service is an Early Years service offering structured day care services for children for more than 5 hours per day.

Full Day care services can also incorporate sessional or part-time services. A part-time service offers a structured day care programme for 3.5 - 5 hours per day.

Full day care services cater for infants up to school-going children and have to comply with a rigorous set of over 30 regulations. Services must have a comprehensive set of policies that comply with the regulations and accurately reflect practice.

The Minimum Policies required are:

  • Statement of Purpose and Function
  • Complaints
  • Administration of Medication
  • Infection Control
  • Managing Behaviour (Supporting Positive Behaviour)
  • Sleep
  • Fire Safety
  • Inclusion
  • Outings (where children attending the service are brought on outings)
  • Accidents and Incidents
  • Authorisation to collect Children
  • Healthy Eating
  • Outdoor Play (where such play is provided to children attending the service)
  • Overnight Services (where the service is an overnight preschool service)
  • Staff Absences
  • Internet, Photographic and Recording Devices Use
  • Recruitment
  • Risk Management
  • Settling-in
  • Staff Training
  • Supervision