Pre-Schools And Maintained Nurseries

Care during term-time for children between the ages of two and five years old

Children usually attend pre-school for morning or afternoon sessions which last between two and a half and four hours. Some pre-schools offer more than one session a day and some are open each weekday.

Pre-schools help prepare children for when they start school. They help children become familiar with routines and provide a safe environment for children to learn about themselves and the world around them.

They care for a large group of children so can be a great way for children to mix and socialise with lots of children their own age. This will help them to gain confidence and increase their social skills.

Maintained nurseries offer a similar service to pre-schools but are managed by the Local Authority.

Number of staff per child

  • Under two years old - 1 adult to 3 children
  • Two to three years old - 1 adult to 4 children
  • Three to Four year olds - 1 adult to 8 children 

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