Translation:We would have examined the kindergarten.
what about "du"? in an example they put "du hättest" and means you had :/
In Germany a "Kindergarten" is for children between 3 and 6 or 7 (until they go on to elementary school - usually by the age of 6, plus/minus one year). Children between 1 and 3 can go to the "Krippe". Parents have the right to place their child into Krippe or Kindergarten, but they don't have to.
Also the word Kindergarten can mean the building, this might or might not have a Krippe too.
And to top it off: more common nowadays is the word Kita, short for Kindertagesstätte . This is used for a guaranteed care also in the afternoons and can contain a Krippe, a Kindergarten and a Kinderhort (for children who go to school).
Same in Germany. Kindergarten up to age of five or six. There are other words with other meanings here, too, that fit into the context: e.g. 1. Kinderkrippe or Krippe (children's cradle) for children from about six months onward, and 2. Kinderhort oder Hort (for schoolchildren after school).
In Ireland you would have preschool up to four or five depending on when you start school. Example I was born in March so by the time the school year started I was four and a half. Some of my friends were born in July or August so they would have only just been four to start school that year. Therefore they did an extra year of preschool.
I think a more common way of expressing this in English would be "we would have checked out the kindergarten." I didn't use this answer because I assumed it would be marked as incorrect by DL. Did anyone else try this?
Also, I do agree that kindergarten is the appropriate word to use here. There is no translation required (in the US, at least), as we have long since adopted the word as our own. Preschool isn't really accurate. I went to a preschool (or nursery school) that offered grades one, two, and kindergarten. Kindergarten is actually a distinct, specific grade in most of our US school systems, immediately prior to 1st grade.
The common response would be 'kindergarten' not playschool, I saw from the comments below that many found this answer confusing since in the US atleast Kindergarten is kindergarten, although without the capital letter. Can someone correct this one, since I believe those that wrote that as the answer should get credit and possibly put 'playschool' as a right alternative answer. It would just make sense
'Examined'? Even a principal wouldn't 'examine' a preschool class. A bedbug inspector would. 'Evaluate' is probably better, unless they were parents just checking it out. Could they have been 'testing it out.'? Did they (or school admin.) put the kid in for a day or more to see out it went?