Nursery schools and nursery units
Nursery schools and primary schools with nursery units provide pre-school education for children in their immediate pre-school year. There are teachers and assistants in nurseries. The minimum staff to child ratio is one staff member to thirteen children. If a school doesn't fill their pre-school education places , these places might be available to younger children.
Funded places in private settings
Some private and voluntary education settings provide funded pre-school education places. The minimum staff to child ratio is one staff member to eight children. These settings don't take children who aren't in their immediate pre-school year.
Pre-school education can help prepare your child for primary school by providing:
- play-based learning activities
- other experiences in a stimulating environment
Pre-school education places
Most places are available:
- at least two and a half hours per day
- five days a week
- for at least 38 weeks from September to June
Some nursery schools and classes offer full-time pre-school places of four and a half hours each day.