Pre-school at 3 or 4?

(5 Posts)
Jellyboobs Thu 12-Sep-13 14:54:07

There are two pre-schools attached to schools in our town, one takes children at 3, one at 4 years old. How come?

rocket1999 Fri 13-Sep-13 00:11:03

It will depend on the policies of the pre-school, 4 seems to near to startin g school to begin, three seems the average age to start. Have you asked them why ?

BlackMogul Fri 13-Sep-13 00:22:51

Some schools run their own nursery classes which may start 2 terms before the child is due to start school. This may account for the age4 start. Others do a year and 1 term, hence 3. Probably is a historical thing. Also the one that takes at 4 may have children starting from another nursery that does 2-4. Just go with what is best for you.

Littlefish Sun 15-Sep-13 17:27:46

We take children from the term after they are three, meaning that we have children doing between 3 and 5 terms at nursery. The school nursery down the road takes them only for the 3 terms before they start School which means that they all have a September start. They have a much higher density of housing than us which means they can fill all their places with their September starters. We have a smaller housing stock which means that we start with low numbers in September and add to them in January and Easter.

NiceTabard Sun 15-Sep-13 17:41:15

Funding starts at 3 so most preschools start from 3 I think.

4 sounds odd - DD just turned 4 over the summer and hence has started "big school" this term. So she wouldn't have had a crack at preschool at all under that arrangement.

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