Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Setting up a day centre
I would like to set up a day centre in the village where I live for older people. I would be having this as a small business and around 20 people / one member of staff. Would I need inspection for this service? - Helen
What a wonderful idea to have a day centre in your village.
Day Centres are not subject to Registration or Inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
You can see a useful paper on the scope of registration on the CQC website at
There will be other regulatory processes you will need to consider for instance if you are providing meals then you will need to consider Food Hygiene training for the person preparing the meals. You will also need to think about the appropriate insurance.
I would suggest that you also contact your local authority social services department because they may want to contract with you for the provision of day care for some older people.
There will be other day care centres in other towns or villages and if you haven’t already it is worth having a meeting with them to see if they can give you any advice or tips.
Best wishes and good luck.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.