What is a Pre-school (Playgroup)?

A Pre-school (sometimes referred to a a playgroup)

  • Offers short sessional care on a term time only basis.
  • Some provide wrap around care or extended hours for a longer day at an additional charge.
  • Care for children aged from 2 to 5 years old.
  • Must be registered with Ofsted
  • Inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children they care for.
  • Access the free entitlement funding for 2,3 & 4 year olds.
  • Are required to follow the EYFS
  • Many are run by voluntary committees and require parental involement.
  • You may be entitled to help with childcare costs through the Inland Revenue Tax Credits


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