A nursery is a school for children between the ages of one and five years. It is a preschool education institution, part of a child's education.
Nurseries take care of young children during the day while providing a safe, fun and educational environment. Most nurseries provide toys and a outdoor playground with equipment.
In the UK, most children start nursery at two or three years old and move on to primary school the academic year they turn five. Some nurseries can take care of babies as young as 3-6 months old. These nurseries are often called day nurseries or daycares. Some nurseries are called children’s centres. Some nurseries have separate rooms for different age groups. Preschools in the UK are mainly designed for children from toddler age to five years.
A nursery in England is also called FS1, which is also first year of foundation before they go into primary school.
Nursery kindergarten (children's garden), is a name given by Friedrich Fröbel, who created the Nurseru in Germany, in 1837. Other common names are pre-school, playschool and playgroup. The German word Kindergarten is also used in many non-English-speaking countries to denote a form of pre-school education. However, in the United States, Canada, and some parts of Australia, kindergarten is instead the term used to describe the first year of compulsory schooling. The word kindergarten is not generally used in the UK.
- ↑ Encarta definition of nursery school Archived 2010-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed August 1, 2007. 2009-11-01.
- ↑ Kindergarten definition from Microsoft Encarta 2004 CD edition