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Choosing early learning and childcare outside the home that's right for your child is an important decision to make. There's a huge amount of choice out there, from nurseries to playgroups to childminders.

Most childcare providers must be registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) but there are some types of childcare that do not need to be registered.

Pre-school playgroups provide care for children between the ages of two-and-a-half and five years. They are usually open during term-time only and offer sessions of around three hours in length.

You can search for pre-school playgroups using our online directory.