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Best Start - Nursery and Playgroups

We know that nursery and play groups are where our children learn and make new friends.

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Going to play groups or nursery can help children to:

  • learn through first-hand experiences and active learning in order to understand the world
  • understand and apply their existing knowledge through play
  • learn about friendship which is important for their growth and development
  • experience new spaces and have time to develop friendships to learn new skills in a supportive environment
  • think for themselves in different environments and as a result are more likely to learn independent skills
  • learn by playing with others and exploring new environments

Parent and toddler groups are informal sessions run by voluntary members of the community. They usually involve free play with maybe a story, sing-a-long, or craft session to join in with. Most groups have a baby corner for new mums to make friends and enjoy a coffee.

Preschool or nursery school, is an educational establishment or learning space offering early childhood education to children between the ages of three and five, before they start compulsory education at primary school. They may be privately operated or government run, and the costs may be subsidised. Often schools will have a nursery section to help children get used to coming into the school.

Best Start top tips for nursery and playgroups

  • Contact Swansea Family Information Service - they can help to find a playgroup or childcare in your area
  • Children's friendships with each other are important for their growth and development
  • Children who think for themselves in other environments are more likely to learn independent skills
  • Children love to learn when they are interested in play
  • Make sure the nursery is properly accredited, all the ones recommended by Swansea council have the correct standards.

Where to find nursery and play groups in Swansea

A quick internet search will bring up lots of nursery and play groups in Swansea or you can use our Childcare directory

Follow the Best Start Swansea Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date information on what's on in Swansea.

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