Nursery Education Funding

Funding for 3 & 4 year olds

Your child is funded from the term AFTER their 3rd birthday. They are entitled to 15 and 30 hours funding per week (depending on eligibility). Any hours over the 15 or 30 hour entitlement that your child attends pre-school are charged at the rates listed to the right. You will be asked to complete a funding form once your child has been offered a place to receive the free entitlement and provide a copy of your child's birth certificate. These must be returned as soon as possible, otherwise your free entitlement could be delayed and you will be required to pay.

Funding for 2 year olds

From 1 April 2014, Southampton City Council is able to offer eligible two year olds up to 570 hours of early education per year over a minimum of 38 weeks from the term after your child's second birthday. This means the maximum you can take in one week is 15 hours, or you may wish to 'stretch' this funding i.e. your child has fewer hours a week so they can attend the setting during our additional weeks (holiday club). This funding will continue until your child is able to claim their three year old place, available for all children.



Fees (where applicable)

From September 2023, our fees are as detailed below;

Refundable Registration Deposit / Charity Donation of £30.00 for all new children. A refundable registration deposit is held to secure your place at the preschool. The payment will be refunded after 1 year's attendance at the preschool.  Alternatively, you may choose to transfer this as a one-off donation to our preschool charity.

Session Fee over 15 hours or before eligible for funded hours:

£6 per hour for all aged children

  • Fees should be paid promptly and IN ADVANCE
  • You can pay by cash, cheque, BACS or childcare vouchers
  • ALL Absences must be paid for
  • If you fall into arrears your child's place at preschool will be at risk
  • If you wish to reduce your child's sessions we require at least 4 weeks notice

Administration Fee of £20.00 for any change requests to session times allocated for your child

Late Payment Fee of £20.00

Late Collection Fee of £20.00 for the 1st 15 minutes and £10.00 each 5 minutes thereafter

Consumables Fee to help cover the costs of snack, cooking ingredients, Tapestry, cleaning, music enrichment, resources and play equipment. This list is not exhaustive. Up to 18 hours - £5.00 per week. Over 18 hours - £10.00 per week.


Holiday club

If you would like your child to attend our holiday club (running an additional 6 weeks of the year) there is an additional charge unless you choose to 'stretch' your child's nursery education funding.

We often run special promotions for our holiday club, please see the Holiday club page for more information.

Please note the holiday club only operates from our Hollybrook site.

Nursery Education Funding


To qualify for funding, the Government states that the parent/carer must meet certain criteria.

​The full eligibility criteria is as follows (for most children it is the same as for free school meals);

Your child is eligible if you are a parent/carer in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week

You can check your child's eligibility for the above criteria online at