Pre schools

Pre schools often operate in places like local church or community halls. Children in pre schools are usually aged between 3 and 5 years, but there are also places for 2 year olds in some settings.

Pre schools enable children to:

  • play with other children and develop critical communication, thinking and independence skills
  • develop friendships with others
  • have access to a range of high quality, stimulating learning experiences

It's also an opportunity to get to know other parents or carers in your area. Some parents arrange for children to go to pre school with a childminder or other child carer.

Many pre schools are supported by the pre school learning alliance. Other pre schools are maintained in the private sector.

List of pre schools

Find a pre school in your area.

Download pre school playgroups in Southwark (pdf, 96kb) (including fees, opening hours and Ofsted grades).

Page last updated: 12 April 2019