Pre-schools, also known as playgroups or playschools, are for children from 2½ up to 5 years, to learn and play in small groups, close to their homes.
They are often held in church halls or community centres. They are registered with Ofsted and are open to be inspected.
Most pre-schools open for sessions of around 2 ½ to 3 hours at a time and operate between 2 to 10 sessions per week.
You’ll need to check Ofsted certificates, staff ratios and policies. Make sure premises are safe and well-maintained, especially as they’re often used by other community groups.
- You have a pre-school child who you’d like to mix and socialise in a small group in a home community.
- You want your children to have access to different toys, equipment and stimulation.
- You have a pre-school child who you’d like to meet up with other children who may be going to the same school.
- You want to meet other parents and learn about child development.
- You wish to supplement existing childcare arrangements. A childminder could pick up your child from playgroup for instance.
Search the Family Information Directory for childcare providers by area, town and postcode.
What Should I Check? (PDF, 33KB) gives information about Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Ofsted and the Independent Safeguarding Policy.
Choosing childcare checklist - what to look for when visiting a childcare provider.
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