Age group - 2-5 years of age
Pre-schools, also known as playgroups, provide care and education through play for children aged 2–5 years of age. Some pre-schools only start from age three.
Registration and inspection
Pre-schools are registered and inspected by Ofsted.
Typical opening hours
Sessions are usually mornings or afternoons, with some offering a lunch club to allow children to attend for longer. They are typically term-time only.
Help with the cost of using a pre-school
Most offer Free Entitlement places. Check whether you may be eligible for other help with childcare costs.