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Session Fees and Funding


Paid Sessions

Cheylesmore Pre-School fees are set at a competitive level in order to maintain a sustainable and well equipped pre-school setting. 

Any combination of attendance can be requested as shown below:

Session Times                                                       Price (2023-24)

Morning Session: 8.00am – 12.30pm             £27.00

Afternoon Session: 12.30pm – 5.00pm            £27.00

Full Day: 8.00am-5.00pm                                   £50.00

  • Deposit: To secure your child’s place we require a weeks deposit, that is deducted from your final invoice once 4 weeks notice has been given. 

  • Fees are due monthly in advance. Fees will be invoiced on 20th of each month where funding does not apply.

  • Fees are payable in advance for all sessions, even if absence is due to illness or holidays.

  • If you wish to remove a child from our setting or want to reduce the number of sessions attended, parents/guardians must give at least 4 week’s notice of the change in writing. Fees will be payable (or grant claimed by us), until that date.

  • Fees are reviewed annually. We will provide notice of at least 1 term if fees have to be increased for any reason.

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Government Funding

We accept all forms of Government funding (15 hrs and 30 hrs) for eligible 2,3 and 4 year olds. The use of funding can be used in any combination. This means that unlike many other nurseries and pre-schools, there are no hidden extras with us and we do not charge any top-up fees. We also work with all Voucher Scheme providers. Please explore the options below to learn more.

2 year old Funding Entitlement 

This offers eligible families up to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks each year. 

For more information or to apply for your code visit:

Universal Funding (up to 15 hrs)

In England all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare a week for up to 38 weeks a year. This is to give children the opportunity to take part in planned learning activities, and help prepare them for school through the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a universal offer and is available to all children regardless of their family circumstances.

Extended Funding (up to 30 hrs)

All three and four year olds living in England are entitled to 570 hours of funded early education and childcare a year. This is usually offered as 15 hours a week for up to 38 weeks a year and is a universal entitlement. Since September 2017 working families who meet the eligibility criteria can also claim an additional 15 hours of funded childcare a week. This means that eligible children will be able to receive up to 1140 hours of funded childcare a year. This change was introduced as part of the Childcare Act 2016. The extra funded hours will be made available to families where both parents (or the sole parent in a lone parent family):

How can I check if I am eligible?

You can check your eligibility for the 30 hours through the Childcare Choices website or by using the Childcare calculator. These will also show if you can get any additional government help with childcare costs. If you meet the eligibility criteria for the additional hours you should also qualify for Tax-Free Childcare, which can be used to help pay for any additional childcare costs. You can apply for this and the 30 hours at the same time through the Childcare Choices website. If you are eligible for the 30 free hours, you will be given an 11-digit code and will be told when you can start to use your funded hours. 


Tax Fee Childcare Scheme

The government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme enables eligible working families to save 20% of their childcare costs. It is available for working parents with children under 12 (or under 17 for children with a disability). For every £8 you or someone else pays in to the account the government will add another £2 up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for children with a disability). This means that families will receive an extra £20 for every £80 they save towards childcare costs, totalling £100.


The scheme is available for working families where:

  • both parents are in work or it is a single parent household

  • each parent earns at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week and no more than £100,000 a year

  • parents aren’t already receiving support through Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

It can also be used by parents who are:

  • self-employed (newly self-employed parents will not have to earn the minimum income levels during their ‘start-up’ period)

  • on paid sick leave

  • on paid or unpaid statutory maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If you’re not working, you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

How can I register for the scheme?

You can apply for the scheme through the government’s Childcare Choices website. You, and your partner, if you have one, will need your:

  • National insurance number (s).

  • Details of one or more of the following – your UK Passport, tax credits, P60 or a recent payslip.

  • In some cases, additional checks may be needed to confirm whether you’re eligible. If you are found ineligible you will be told why.

Once you have opened your account it can be used to pay in money to use towards your childcare costs with a childcare provider who has also registered for the scheme. Grandparents, other family members and employers will also be able to pay into the account if they choose. You can find additional information about Tax-Free Childcare on the website.

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