In this latest entry in our series of educational theme round-ups, we look at the best WordPress preschool and daycare themes currently available in 2017.
You can’t go wrong with any of these WordPress themes for your daycare, preschool or nursery. If you’re looking for bright, fun and playful design, there’s something for you on this list; if you prefer a more professional, upscale aesthetic, there’s a few themes here that will fit that bill, too.
For a basic daycare website, the must-have feature is a fantastic design that will look good on any device. All of these themes are responsive and optimized for the busy parent on the go. Most include contact forms and integration with Google maps. Some include additional features like WooCommerce integration for taking payments and selling products. Other features you may want to keep in mind are schedules/timetables (integration with Events Calendar) and shortcodes with pricing tables.
All were selected by hand, by an experienced designer. (Me!) If I don’t think the design and features are above average, I don’t include it in the list.
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Now for the list. We’ll begin with…
The brilliantly colorful, user-friendly and fun Toddlers theme is the perfect choice for preschools, kindergartens, and playgroups, or even for online toy & clothing stores. The cute, colorful illustration is 100% original (drawn by hand), and Toddlers is retina-ready to ensure crisp, consistent graphics on the newest high-resolution devices.
Full support for WooCommerce is included, for building a robust online storefront, and the theme is totally responsive, scaling to fit on smartphones and tablets. An extensive admin panel provides options for branding and customization, and SEO optimization will help to secure a top spot in Google and other search engines.
Events Calendar is integrated, and a built-in staff page will allow you to introduce your team to visitors and potential clients. Toddlers is translation ready and well documented.More Info/Download
So many great kindergarten and daycare themes are on the market, it proved somewhat challenging to narrow things down to a best of list, but the recent Kids theme was a clear standout. It’s colorful and fun, while still hitting a professional aesthetic, and every element can be customized via the backend admin panel.
Plenty of useful features are also provided, including a timetable plugin and support for Events Calendar Pro. Website administrators can even set up profiles to introduce teachers and team members to prospective clients.
Extras like Layer Slider and Revolution Slider packaged, and the theme includes a few other useful tools like a custom form builder, and over 100 custom shortcodes. Advanced SEO capabilities are built-in, and Kids is retina ready and fully responsive for display a mobile devices.More Info/Download
Smarty is one of the biggest and most feature packed themes on our list, and includes presets not only for early education websites and services, but for all sorts of learning institutions, including colleges, grade schools, and universities.
The flexibility of this one is major a selling point, and beyond the presets the developers have included a smorgasbord of tools and options to fine tune the theme and tailor it to your needs. 18 custom, predesigned content pages are available out-of-the-box for building pages for admissions, alumni, athletics, cafeteria, summer camps and more.
Teacher profiles and class profiles can be added. Smarty supports events and donations via PayPal, a timetable plug-in is included, and the theme fully supports media from YouTube and Instagram.
WooCommerce is supported for selling school supplies and books directly through your school’s website. Demo content is included for quick set up, and the theme is extensively documented. Highly recommended.More Info/Download
The modern, professional aesthetic of the Little People theme will no doubt inspire visitor & client confidence in your preschool, nursery, or kindergarten. Users are greeted with an engaging video background on the homepage, and other flourishes like parallax scrolling and tasteful CSS3 animations/transitions provide additional visual interest.
Everything you need in terms of functionality is included, and Little People packs in a few nice extras too, in the way of free, bundled premium plugins. Among them: Revolution Slider, Visual Composer, Essential Grid and Timetable.
The theme is fully responsive, providing a consistent user experience across the range of mobile devices, and it’s easy to customize and brand using the intuitive back-end options. Translation-ready and well-documented (including Video tutorials).More Info/Download
Part of our decision to include Preschool comes down to its simplicity. Daycare websites with limited content don’t necessarily require complex, overstuffed corporate flavored themes. Sometimes all that’s required is an About Us page, a schedule, and some contact information.
A homepage slider adds a bit of visual engagement, and Preschool includes a custom gallery page and a drag-and-drop page builder. The theme is fully responsive and looks great on any device, including the latest high-resolution retina devices. WooCommerce is compatible, and the popular Jetpack plugin is supported. Preschool is search engine ready.More Info/Download
KidsWorld boasts a design somewhere between playful and professional, and comes with a plenty of useful features like events management and class management. The user experience is familiar and pleasant, and performance is snappy and responsive.
This a versatile theme that can be extensively customized & branded with a comprehensive set of back-end options and Visual Composer for drag & drop page building. It’s retina-ready for display on high-resolution devices and a breeze to setup with one-click demo installation.More Info/Download
Another bright, joyful theme similar to Toddlers, above, Kiddy (released in December) is a cute, straight-forward, expertly assembled product that puts simplicity and usability first. Retina-ready and responsive, Kiddy is guaranteed to look fantastic and work wonderfully regardless of your device. Whether you pull it up on an older smartphone, or the newest high-res tablet, you can expect a sharp, user-friendly website.
Options in the admin give you control over colors, fonts & more. CWS Builder and Revolution Slider are included, as well as a useful Shortcode Generator. Kiddy is SEO friendly, built on a solid HTML/CSS3 code base, and a breeze to install and setup thanks to the 1-click install.
WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, and Events Calendar are all supported out-of-the-box. Kiddy is WPML compatible (read: translation-ready) too! Good stuff.More Info/Download
More than just a colorful, modern design, the Baby Kids education and primary school theme comes with a ton of high-value plugins and add-ons you won’t find with many of its competitors. Among them: Visual Composer, Custom Metabox ($124 value!) and a powerful events & courses management system.
Retina-ready and responsive, the theme will look sharp and work great across the full range of mobile devices, including the lastest high-resolution smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Premium plugins like Revolution Slider, Time Table, and Best Slider are packaged free. The theme supports Contact Form 7 and is MailChimp compatible out of the box.More Info/Download
The Daycare theme is a bright, fun theme with three unique skins and a multi-page or one-page style experience. It’s perfect for child care services, preschools and kindergartens.
Visual Composer is bundled free, for codelessly building and editing site layouts, and the theme supports the popular plugins WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, and Google Calendar.
Daycare is fully responsive, for top-notch performance on mobile devices, and it’s retina-ready and SEO optimized.More Info/Download
PeachClub is an advanced, expertly-designed early education theme that includes everything you’ll need to build a fully featured daycare website. School-specific functionality like time tables and class management are well complemented by strong secondary features, like a drag & drop page builder and advanced SEO options.
The theme is easily customized, and a breeze to install and setup thanks to the one-click demo installation. PeachcClub is 100% responsive and WPML ready.More Info/Download
Quick and painless one-click demo installation makes the Fable a great choice for WordPress beginners and daycare owners building and managing their own website. The included drag & drop page builder, styles panel, and theme options panel means you won’t have to touch a line of code when customizing the site to your liking.
The theme is both responsive and retina-ready. It comes with a timetable built-in (for creating activity schedules, lunch menus, and scheduling events). Revolution Slider is bundled free.More Info/Download
The flexible and highly customizable Cupid theme comes with six demo variations ready to install with a single click. Visual Composer is provided for drag & drop page building functionality. Revolution Slider is included for building engaging, homepage slideshows that will impress visitors and potential clients.
Cupid has plenty of theme options to tweak and fiddle with, and the theme is SEO friendly. Translation ready (with support for the WPML plugin).More Info/Download
So. What does KidsLife have to offer daycares, preschools, and other sorts of early education providers?
Lots of stuff! It’s responsive and retina-ready, so it looks sharp on the gamut of mobile devices. It includes Visual Page Builder and a visual shortcode generator. And it supports WooCommerce, for merchandise sales, the popular Event Calendar Pro plugin, Contact Form 7, and WPML.
We should also mention that mega menus are included and MailChimp is integrated. Pretty, pretty good.More Info/Download
For preschools and kindergarten websites, Child Dooris is a top choice, and the clean, contemporary design conveys an air of professionalism the works well for services aimed toward older kids, too.
Built on Twitter Bootstrap, the theme is 100% responsive. It will function wonderfully and look sharp on all devices big and small, resulting in a consistent, enjoyable user experience for your visitors and would-be clients. Like the Toddlers theme, above, Child Dooris is SEO optimized and translation ready (with WPML support).
A couple of valuable premium plugins are bundled free: Visual Composer, for codelessly creating and editing layouts, and Slider Revolution, for building engaging homepage slideshows. Child Dooris is packaged with 19 PSDs and an HTML version.More Info/Download
Kindergarten WordPress Theme
Next spot on our list goes to the Kindergarten theme by CraftPixels. This fun, colorful design was built on the Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework and is a perfect fit for your nursery or preschool’s online presence.
Retina-ready, Kindergarten features a unique slider that automatically shapes your photos like clouds without any additional photo-editing or image manipulation.
A custom contact page with Google maps integration and a working contact form is included, as well as a filterable image gallery. Comprehensive documentation is also available for WordPress beginners.More Info/Download
This creche and pre-school responsive theme goes in a different direction than our top pick, Kindergarten, with a cool, professional and modern design. There’s no clouds in this one.
Magicreche has lots of features. It’s responsive and retina-ready, and a color picker in the theme settings gives you full control over colors and an unlimited selection of them to choose from. Tons of Google fonts are packed in, and the theme is translation ready.
A staff slider, timetable/schedule and multiple contact forms take this theme to the next level.More Info/Download
Happychild is a premium theme with a lot of valuable add-ons included. 8 premium plugins worth a total of $156 are packaged with the download: Mega Menu, LayerSlider, Slider Revolution, Visual Composer, Customizer, Ultimate VC add-ons (for Visual Composer), and Timetable by QuanticaLabs.
Beyond that, its understated design conveys professionalism. Three layout, color and design variations are available, one specifically for kingergarten, a second for elementary schools and a third for general education.
This flexible, easy to customize and use theme offers plenty of documentation and five-star support.More Info/Download
Peekaboo is a bright, fun theme featuring featuring colorful illustrations and icons. It’s fully responsive and great for daycares.
This simple to use, minimalistic a good match for WordPress beginners developing their own site. An intuitive options panel on the back-end gives you plenty of control over the front-end without overwhelming the user, and lots of shortcodes will ensure you can add buttons, tabs and sliders into the pages you create with little fuss.
Peekaboo allows for unlimited color schemes. It’s also built on the Foundation framework, which means high-quality code and responsive design.More Info/Download
Kindergarten (not to be confused with the other Kindergarten theme above) is fairly new, first released in July. Colorful, flat design give this theme a clean and professional look, and there’s a ton of features included to keep you busy.
Careful attention was paid to the mobile capabilities, with two different touch-friendly responsive sliders included with the download (as well as the popular Revolution and Flex sliders, if you prefer). SEO optimized and translation ready.
That’s not all, but this theme comes with so many other bells & whistles, that we can’t possibly list them all here. Worth a closer look if the design suits your fancy.More Info/Download
Kids Zone is a multi-purpose theme that will work just as well for daycares and preschools as it will for craft or art websites. It supports an impressive selection of third-party plugins, like WooCommerce, WPML, Event Calendar Pro, BuddyPress and bbPress (though you may not require these for a simple daycare site).
100% responsive, this bright, lively theme really nails it on the visual front with colorful shapes, illustrations and icons, as well as a cool slider for showcasing your content and services. Contact forms and Google maps are additionally supported.More Info/Download
That brings us to the end of our round-up of preschool and daycare WordPress themes. Did you like anything? We hope so! Feel free to give us feedback, or even suggest additions in the comments!