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. Ofsted has a guide explaining how pre-schools are inspected.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for promoting the learning, development and safety of children from birth to 5 years in Ofsted registered settings. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet.
Read more about the EYFS in the guide for parents, provided by Foundation Years.
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.