• What qualifications and skills are required for this business?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

A playgroup provides daytime childcare for children between the ages of two and five, usually with the aim of preparing them for school through educational activities and play. They are sometimes called pre-schools or playschools. Some have a committee of parents and staff who help to plan activities and staffing. They typically offer morning or afternoon sessions, or both, in which case there must be a break between the morning and afternoon session when there are no children in the playgroup's care.

The laws, registration systems and training requirements for childcare providers vary in different parts of the UK, and according to the type and duration of childcare being provided.

This profile provides information about starting up a playgroup. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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