Fees for 2019-20

Fees for 2019-20 are £5.45 per hour. Full day attendance is 6 hours. Half day attendance is 3 hours. The invoices are issued for each half term. Fees are payable within two weeks of the date of invoice.

Early Years Funding

1. Funding for 3 – 4 year olds

Universal entitlement funding of 15 hours a week is available for all children the term after their third birthday. Please note that for the purpose of eligibility, the Department of Education states that terms are from 1st January, 1st April and 1st September irrespective of the actual date the term starts.

Taken over term time all children are eligible for a a maximum of 15 hours of funding per week for 38 weeks per year. You can book a mixture of funded hours and full price sessions. The minimum daily booking is 3 hours.

You will receive the necessary form to complete the term before your child is eligible for funding. The Chesterfords Preschool processes the Early Years Funding application and receives the funding direct.

2. Extended funding for 3 -4 year olds

From September 2017 the Government is allowing providers to provide up to a total of 30 hours of funded childcare. The Chesterfords Preschool is only able to offer an additional 6 hours funding per week for 38 weeks (total 21 hours funding per week) subject to eligibility.

Children become eligible in the term after they turn three (see  above). In addition both parents must be working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family, and each parent earns on average:

· A weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and

· Less than £100,000 per year

Eligibility for the additional funded hours will be determined by the HMRC which has developed and will maintain a system where parents will undertake their own eligibility check twice per term.

If a parent loses eligibility they will receive a ‘grace period’ – this means they will be able to keep their childcare for a short period.  Once the ‘grace period’ has lapsed, the parent should still be entitled to the universal 15-hour entitlement.

3. Funding for 2 year olds

Funding for two year olds is dependent upon eligibility and must be made through the local children’s centre or Essex County Council. If you wish to apply for 2 year old funding the Chesterfords Preschool can advise you and help you complete the application.

 Childs Birthday              Funding available from:

1st April to 31st August                    1st September after 3rd birthday

1st September to 31st December      1st January after 3rd birthday

1st January to 31st March                 1st April after 3rd birthday


The Management Committee of the Chesterfords Preschool is committed to broadening access to the Preschool by offering to eligible parents’ financial support with the payment of childcare fees. Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Management Committee." 

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