Early Learning and Childcare
Most children in Stoke-on-Trent experience early learning and childcare before they start in Reception classes. At this age, children do not have to access any provision, but this often helps children to experience new things, increases their independence; and supports their speech and language. Childcare also helps parents to go to work or access training.
The main types of childcare that parents use are:
- Registered childminders - working in their own homes caring for a small number of children for a range of ages
- Day nurseries - Looking after a larger number of children, usually from 8am - 6pm (usually open all year round)
- Pre-schools - Usually open five mornings per week but can often provide afternoon sessions (usually term-time only)
- School nursery classes and nursery schools - Many schools have nursery classes where children can start in the September following your child turning three. For more information, speak to your local school or visit www.stoke.gov.uk/admissions
Your choice of provider will depend on your child and family’s needs. All childcare providers in the city should have a good understanding of special education needs and disabilities, so it is important to discuss the needs of your child with provider(s) before you make a decision.