Pre-school education



Pre-school is a valuable time for your child helping them to get ready for school and future learning. 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 Foundation Stage


Early years providers, which include nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and child-minders, are registered by Ofsted to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. The EYFS sets standards for learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.


The areas of learning are:


  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner or health visitor.

Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.

The assessment is based on classroom observation - your child won’t be tested. It uses the early learning goals, which can be found in the EYFS Statutory Framework 


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