Pre-schools and nurseries across Oxfordshire are being asked to send us their class photos.

We are running a special supplement on Thursday and need photos from nurseries and pre-schools in and around Oxford to be submitted by Tuesday.

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Nurseries and pre-schools are a vital stepping stone to school life for children.

Oxford Mail: Pupils at Hanborough Pre SchoolNurseries will take children from ages one to three while pre-schools generally take children from three to five. 

Some pre-schools in the county are rated outstanding, including Hanborough Pre-School near Woodstock.

Hanborough Pre School was given the outstanding score following an inspection on May 25 last year.

The pre-school was the first in Oxfordshire to be rated ‘outstanding’ under the new Early Years Inspection Framework.

The Early Years Inspection Framework was a reform brought in by inspectors in 2022 and is considered to be more rigorous and challenging than the previous framework.

Inspectors now make judgements on the ‘overall effectiveness’, ‘the quality of education’, ‘behaviour and attitudes’, ‘personal development’, and ‘leadership and management.’

According to Oxfordshire County Council some day nurseries take children from two months up to school age. 

They usually open most of the year and generally open 8am to 6pm but some may offer longer hours. 

According to the council this type of care is ideal if you feel happier leaving your child with a team of professional staff trained in childcare who can always provide care, even if an individual staff member is away. They are regulated and inspected by Ofsted.

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