Choosing a Pre-School/Playgroup
On the right track in Early Years
Most playgroups are voluntary and grant-aided by the children's service early years department and a few are privately run.
All are registered with Ofsted and you can see their report on the Ofsted website (external link) or at the playgroup.
Most of them take children aged 2 to 5 years. Playgroups follow the foundation stage curriculum for 3 and 4 year olds.
What do they cost?
Prices will vary so check with individual settings for their current charges.
What do they offer?
Playgroups and Pre-Schools follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and are Ofsted registered. Most will offer the free places for places for 2 and 3 year old children for both 15 and 30 hours. For more information see Help with Childcare Costs
How can I be involved?
Some playgroups rely on parents to support the running of the group. This gives parents an opportunity to take an active role in their child's education. You can be involved by helping out at sessions or joining the management committee.
Most parents find this a positive experience, which gives them a chance to make friends and find out more about their local community.
You can refer to the Parent guide to choosing quality childcare for more support in choosing a childcare provider.
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