Nursery school or class
Child age range
Usually 3 years - 5 years
Nursery schools and nursery classes provide early years education and childcare
Some schools and classes are part of the local authority school education system, others are run by private and voluntary sector organisations such as Independent Schools.
Children receive learning and development activities suitable for their age.
Some nursery schools or classes may also offer out of school care before or after school during term time and in the school holidays.
The size of a school or class does vary, but there should be at least one practitioner allocated to every 13 children, and the team will include qualified teachers and nursery assistants.
There is only a small number of local authroity maintained nursery schools or classes in Hampshire.
All nursery schools and nursery classes who care for children under the age of 8 must be registered and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).
All nursery schools and nursery classes that provide part time early years education for 3 and 4 year olds are inspected by Ofsted.
Parents can ask a nursery school for a copy of their Ofsted inspection report or go online.
Places are free if the nursery school or class is part of the local authority school education system (except for meals, trips and uniforms, etc)
Nursery schools that are run by private and voluntary organisations charge fees.
Nursery schools that are on the Hampshire County Council's ‘Directory of Providers’ provide part time early years education for 3 and 4 year olds which is free to parents.
Financial support is available from Tax Credits/ Universal Credit or employer supported Childcare Vouchers depending on the family's income.
Open during school hours, usually 9am to 3:30pm, term time only.
Full or half day sessions are provided.