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Old Aug 11th, 2011, 10:45 AM   1
minichicky
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nursery, pre school, play group, whats the difference?


OK so I have just started looking into where to register LO for his funded place when he reaches 3.
After being told on here before that its 'not free childcare but the start of the schooling' I pressumed (again wrongly!) that the funded hours were for pre-school only.
I have just looked at the list of providers in my are and there is a mix of pre-school, nursery, and play group so what is the difference between the 3 or do they all do essentially the same thing, or is it a case of going round everyone and asking?
The only problem is I have no idea what it is Im really meant to be asking or what Im looking for?



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2011, 12:52 PM   2
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I don't know, but it may be to do with staff ratios, or perhaps the emphasis of the learning? Do the Ofsted reports on any of them give a clue?



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 09:43 AM   3
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i know the feeling; they all seem to cross over. it's very confusing. sorry i'm not much help but i know funded places for 3 year olds start at my pre-school but they also take kids from 2 years old, which is nursery age i think.

i think nursery is any age up to 3? kids dont have to to go nursery.

but beyond that i'm clueless



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 10:02 AM   4
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I suppose pre school and nursery can be the same (well I think so!) Nursery can be attended by an earlier age which you'd have to pay for. And Pre-school is the funded one?!

My LO has her funded place starting in September - so it's the term after they are 3 years old, they are entitled to 15 hours a week funded nursery/pre school. So my LO will be going in the mornings and just have the 15 hours.

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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 10:03 AM   5
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i know the feeling; they all seem to cross over. it's very confusing. sorry i'm not much help but i know funded places for 3 year olds start at my pre-school but they also take kids from 2 years old, which is nursery age i think.

i think nursery is any age up to 3? kids dont have to to go nursery.

but beyond that i'm clueless


I think you've got ti right. But pre-school isn't compulsory either, it's what you are entitled too. Full time school is compulsory but you don't have to send them to a preschool from the age of 3.

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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 10:20 AM   6
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I kinda wish I had just the one option but in my area, as I kinda cross over 2 areas, I have the choice of approx 18 different providers!!! Here is the list, I come under central or Old town although some of the ones in the old town list are surronding villages. Im soooooo confused!!!
http://www.swindon.gov.uk/el/el-earl...viderslist.pdf



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 10:27 AM   7
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I kinda wish I had just the one option but in my area, as I kinda cross over 2 areas, I have the choice of approx 18 different providers!!! Here is the list, I come under central or Old town although some of the ones in the old town list are surronding villages. Im soooooo confused!!!
http://www.swindon.gov.uk/el/el-earl...viderslist.pdf


What a choice! Perhaps start by making a list of say 5 that you'd like your LO to go to - either by location or if they've been recommended. Then you will have a feel for the place. I only visited 2 with my LO, as they had to be in walking distance, and we got into both. We were offered afternoons first, but I chose the morning one in the end so I could take my baby to baby groups while my older one is at preschool/nursery.



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 11:38 AM   8
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This link explains some of the differences. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/...es/DG_10013534



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 14:23 PM   9
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Its all confusing. My lo who is nearly 2 goes to nursery and I have to pay for that, but when he reaches 3 i can use funding their too. He will go there until he ready to start reception year at school. Which will be the september term of the year he turns 5. the nusery has different age rooms and the 3-5 year old room is the pre-school room. My lo will got to reception at school when he is 4 and 11 months (he will be 5 the same month he starts school! so one of eldest. Play group is the same as nursery i think but alot alot cheaper!!



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 15:11 PM   10
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Playground - at least in this area - are places that a parent attends WITH their child (ie you don't leave them there...)



 
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