We're looking to move to Swindon in the next few months, we're currently in Wales where the system is different and I'm going round in circles on the blimmin LEA website trying to find what I want so I thought I'd ask you guys...
Ds1 is 3 and as is the norm here has just started a year of half days in the nursery class of the local primary school, before starting reception full time next sept. I don't think many of the primary schools in swindon have a nursery class do they? So where do 3 year olds go? And do you get free places?
There are two preschools within walking distance of my house though, one is attached to a local school but they are independent, but it does mean that the school can get to know the children who move from that preschool into the school much easier.
There are loads of private nurseries around which will honour the free hours from 3 - some better than others so you will need to check local knowledge in the area you end up in. A lot of the primary schools now have nursery classes, and there are a couple of 'surestart' funded co-op nurseries as well.