Nursery & Pre-Prep

Admission advice for UK nurseries & pre-prep schools

Choosing the right nursery can help your child begin their journey to reaching their full potential

We’re here to assist you in locating and applying to the best nursery or pre-prep school for your child. We’ve spent years guiding parents and their children through the entire process.

The entry requirements for private nurseries and pre-prep schools vary significantly. Still, nearly all top schools now require some form of assessment before offering a place, and we understand how intimidating the process can be, so we strive to make it as simple as possible.

A variety of factors must be considered when selecting the best nursery or pre-school for your child. Our consultants have in-depth knowledge of some of the country’s most competitive and sought-after schools. They use this network to advise each parent based on their child’s educational, geographical, emotional, and social needs.

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Both nurseries and pre-prep schools cater to young children, but pre-prep schools typically admit students starting at the age of four, whereas some nurseries accept children as young as three months old.

Children as young as six weeks may be admitted to nursery schools. They would typically remain in the nursery school and progress to the preschool classrooms after spending time in the infant rooms. Some nursery schools also offer after-school care to children of school age.

Nurseries will gladly accept children on a part-time or full-time basis, and some will even accept a ‘drop in’ care service.

Because they cater to parents who work full-time, pre-prep schools are usually open during normal business hours.

This is determined by the pre-prep school or nursery. Some serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while others may only serve lunch and a late-afternoon snack.

Pre-prep schools do follow a set curriculum. By law, a portion of staff are required to be qualified in delivering early childhood education.

Nurseries do not typically adhere to a formal curriculum. Their teaching philosophy, on the other hand, is centred on helping children improve their communication skills, emotional management, socialising with their peers, and physical development.

Math and English are also taught, as well as arts and the opportunity to use objects to help them make sense of the world.

A typical full day lasts from 8am to 2pm  A nursery school is a better option if you need to place your child in care for an extended period of time.