Definition of preschool in English:



  • Relating to the time before a child is old enough to go to school.

    ‘a preschool playgroup’
    • ‘A rally on preschool funding is planned for just prior to the election in Lismore.’
    • ‘Ballymote Community Playgroup was established in 1986, by a group of parents who identified a need for a preschool service in Ballymote.’
    • ‘Those allegations were bolstered by an archeologist's conclusion that the remains of filled-in tunnels had been found under the preschool property.’
    • ‘The promise was welcomed by Shelley Robinson from the Preschools Alive campaign, which turned preschool funding into an election issue.’
    • ‘If you are camping, the one-time preschool teacher explained, her products can be easily washed with a little shampoo and then hung to dry, ready for the next morning.’
    • ‘The Daisy Chains preschool group is now pressing ahead to make some alterations to a part of the local community centre to facilitate the new service.’
    • ‘A child accustomed to playing with paper and crayons at home, for example, will find it comforting to discover the same crayons and paper in the preschool classroom.’
    • ‘For example, preschool education and early family support have, in randomised trials, been shown to have positive health outcomes in terms of reduced child abuse, neglect and injury, drug misuse, and teenage pregnancy.’
    • ‘Fourteen ladies from this area have recently completed a ten-week course in preschool childcare.’
    • ‘Noting that such preschool programs are often not an option due to lack of availability, the report states that availability is not the only issue.’
    • ‘This amount, most of which comes from Heritage Canada, includes administrative and board expenses as well as preschool and after-school programs.’
    • ‘She abandoned her career as a preschool teacher when she married, because that's what women did - and mostly still do.’
    • ‘The $169 preschool model comes with a chair low enough for a 2-year-old.’
    • ‘So job vacancies in kindergartens will for the first time be open to graduates who are not majoring in preschool education.’
    • ‘St. Peter's provides preschool services and has classes for kindergarten through to sixth grade.’
    • ‘The programme needs to be delivered intensively and in both the home and preschool group.’
    • ‘Members of the preschool committee were on hand to explain how pre-schools in general operate and then were available for a question and answer session on early years education and the funding available to families.’
    • ‘A fence separates the preschool garden from the lawns of the hospital.’
    • ‘We describe similar findings in a large population based study, in which data were obtained from measurements routinely performed by health visitors as part of the 6 week and preschool assessment.’
    • ‘For the Fourth of July, she baked red, white and blue cupcakes and bread for his preschool class.’


  • A nursery school.

    • ‘For many years, the role of preschools was considered one of providing custodial care and security, and preparing children for formal schooling.’
    • ‘In Mexico, kindergarten teachers visit the preschools that their future students are attending, thus facilitating coordinated planning for the children's transitions between programs.’
    • ‘Local health educators and health care practitioners should join forces to provide sun protection training for parents, and the faculty/staff of day care centers, preschools, and public schools.’
    • ‘Consequently, the number of preschools and nursery schools continued to expand.’
    • ‘In evaluating applications, a number of preschools secretly give letter grades to families.’
    • ‘The Soviet state provided nurseries and preschools for children, from the smallest infants through seven-year-olds starting elementary school.’
    • ‘She also notes that in those few other cultures that do have preschools, the schools are not competitive learning centers.’
    • ‘It is taught in preschools, in primary schools, in intermediate schools, in secondary schools, in tertiary institutions, and in homes and offices throughout the nation.’
    • ‘Early childhood education programs provided by preschools and kindergartens undoubtedly offer an opportunity for children to develop their full potential.’
    • ‘Form 5578 must be filed by churches that operate, supervise, or control a private school, including preschools.’
    • ‘I see no reason why preschools should be academic at all, because for kids of preschool age, their most important work is play.’
    • ‘However, children face tremendous pressure and competition to gain admission into preschools.’
    • ‘Nigeria also has preschools, special education, adult education, and classes for the gifted and talented.’
    • ‘There are private and public preschools, nursery schools, and kindergartens in both rural and urban settings.’
    • ‘In her spare time she volunteers at preschools, creating visual arts workshops for young students.’
    • ‘Observational data were collected at two preschools and a pre-kindergarten class for 12 weeks.’
    • ‘Bermuda is well equipped with nursery and preschools set up to accept children of working mothers.’
    • ‘Many preschools have put more emphasis on basic academic skills such as writing, reading and mathematics to enable toddlers to pass the entrance tests at elementary schools.’
    • ‘In addition, most of the foreign teachers employed by preschools are not qualified to teach.’
    • ‘The proposals are also vague on the subject of privately run preschools as opposed to those programs run by the government.’