Pre-school childcare, early education and play opportunities | Oxfordshire County Council

Pre-school childcare, early education and play opportunities

Play and education sessions for children from two to four years

group of children playing

Pre-schools  provide early years education, childcare and play opportunities. Opening hours vary; they may open mornings only or for a whole day. Most groups are open term-time only. Pre-schools must be registered with Ofsted if open for over two hours per session. They are staffed by qualified leaders.

Pre-schools are usually run by voluntary management committees. They are often based in community centres, or on school sites, some working in partnership with their school. Even when linked to a school, pre-schools are open to children who do not intend to move on to that particular school in the future. There is no automatic transfer of children from preschools to school and all need to apply for a place through the admissions procedure.

Most pre-schools will take 3 and 4 year old children funded through the Early Education Fund. This ensures that young children  have access to free good quality early education.

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Last reviewed
17 October 2017

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