Private, voluntary and independent nurseries

Private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries provide care, play and educational opportunities for children aged from birth until 5 years and operate from a range of premises. They can provide full or part time care for children. Some operate during term times only and others are open all year round.

All PVI nurseries listed on our childcare search are Ofsted registered and parents can follow a link to the latest Ofsted inspection report. Settings on the local authority’s Directory of Providers can draw down Early Education Funding to fund up to 15 hours per week for 3 and 4 year olds. Some of these settings provide free nursery places for 2 year old children who meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information please contact the Family Information Service by phone on 020 8547 5215 or email

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Updated: 20 September 2017