Nursery classes and nursery schools provide early education and childcare for groups of young children.
They offer full or half days and they are staff by teachers and assistants. Nursery classes are part of primary or independent schools. They are usually for three and four year olds.
Nursery schools are separate services which are for children under five. Some are private and some are provided by the State. Children who attend nursery classes or nursery schools get the chance to play and learn alongside other children and acquire skills which will give them a head start at school. Working parents may need to arrange for other childcare to fit around the hours.
- your child will play and learn and have fun with friends
- your child will be in a group led by a trained teacher
Frequently asked questions about nursery schools e.g. how do I know my child will be safe and secure?
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Leicestershire County Council’s Family Information Service offers impartial advice and guidance, or a tailored package of support to help you make the right decision. Contact a dedicated advisor on 0116 305 6545 or email email@example.com
Page Last Updated: 7 December 2012