Pre-school (2 - 5 years)

The first few years are the most important in your child's learning and development.

Funded early education

Funded childcare is available to eligible two year olds and all three and four year olds. This offer can be taken up with a childminder, pre-school, nursery or a school based nursery.  All childcare providers will following the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Find out more information more about funded early education.

Early years foundation stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the standard of development and learning that registered childcare providers are required to offer.

School readiness

School readiness provides information and tips for preparing young children for early education and school.

Starting school in Leicester

All children are entitled to a free place at maintained school in Leicester.  More information is available in the school years section.

Activities for young children

There are a lot of activities and venues where parents and carers can take their young child to for fun and learning experiences.   A sample of groups are:

  • Stay and play
  • Parent and toddler groups
  • Libraries
  • Soft play centres
  • Farm parks

Children's Centres 

Leicester's children's centres offer a wide range of information to parents and carers that can support with the early years development.  Contact your nearest children's centre for more information.