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Is there a difference between nursery school and preschool?

I have no idea. I just assume nursery school is for toddlers, like 1-3, and the preschool is for 3 or 4 year olds. Is that right or are they the same thing just different names?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:24 PM on Jul. 21, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • My son went to nursery school when he was 3-4 and preschool (preK) from 4-5. So at his school anyway they were not the same thing.

    Answer by whittear at 10:31 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Most places they're not the same, nursery school tends to be more laid back and less demanding... there's a schedule, but its constantly changing and focuses more on play then academics. Preschools follow a state mandated curriculum, just like any k-12 school does. A nursery school worker doesn't necessarily need a teaching degree, most preschool teachers have a college degree in early childhood education. And as you stated nursery school tends to be a more broad age range, preschools tend to require the child be at least 3 years of age and potty trained and go to the age of 5.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 10:46 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

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