Parents' Views of Pre-School: Making Choices

Caroline Sharp, Claudia Davis

01 July 1997
  • What are parents looking for when choosing a pre-school for their three- or four-year-old?
  • How do they find out what is available in their area?
  • How important are practical issues, such as distance, opening hours and cost?
  • What other factors come into play, and what are parents looking for when they visit a pre-school?

These are some of the questions addressed in this book, which reports the findings of a major research project. The research entailed a survey of nearly a thousand parents whose children attended pre-schools in the state, private and voluntary sectors. The survey findings are illustrated by quotations from interviews with parents and pre-school staff.

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