What is the difference between a pre-school and a day nursery?
Day nurseries provide all day childcare around the needs and requirement for working families whilst still providing the learning and development opportunity essential within the preschool years. Their usually offer places for young babies from the end of your maternity leave until school age (0-5 years). A day nursery can offer sessions on a full or part-time basis but are usually open all day, all year round.
Childminders can also offer this childcare provision on a more flexible basis, in a home environment.
Pre-schools usually provide the essential learning and development opportunity for 2 – 5 year olds for families that do not need full time childcare. Pre-school offers part-time sessions for your child, and usually fit in with the times and term dates of the local schools.