Pre-School Education



Pre-school is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.  


Early years providers which include nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and child-minders are registered by Ofsted to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.  


Pre-School Provision and Childcare Funding


Choosing Childcare leaflet - Provides information on the different types of childcare                 

Choosing the right childcare for you.pdf


Somerset Choices - provides support with finding childcare to suit you and your child


Childcare Choices GOV website – Gives information about eligibility with financial support with childcare costs


Early Years Entitlement - Somerset will fund part-time early years entitlement places for three and four year olds starting from the funding period after the child's third birthday. This is also available for two year olds who meet the eligibility criteria. For more details about eligibility go to:


30 Hours a Week - The government is doubling this entitlement to 30 hours a week (for up to 38 weeks a year) from September 2017. In Somerset, families can 'stretch' this entitlement to a maximum of 1140 hours a year. For more information go to:



What to expect, when? This booklet helps you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. To download a copy go to: What to Expect When