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1 The years of a child's life before compulsory schooling begins, as in ‘the pre‐school years’.

2 May be used to describe a child who is too young for, but approaching, school age, as in ‘a pre‐school child’.

3 May be used as a synonym for playgroup.

4 In Scotland all 3‐ and 4‐year‐olds are offered free part‐time education, which equates to five sessions of 2½ hours per week. See also Pre‐School Learning Alliance.

Subjects: Education.

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