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Fees and Funding

Free Education for Early Years at Kettlesing Pre-School

Children who are aged 3 or 4 years are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, usually this is taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Your child becomes eligible for this funding from the term following their 3rd birthday, up until compulsory school age (the term after their fifth birthday). The maximum entitlement in any one day is 10 hours.

If you wish your child to attend for more than 15 hours per week, you simply pay the extra hours.

As parents you can choose to take this free entitlement over two providers and, each term, you will be asked how you wish to take your 15 hours.

Free Education for 2 year olds

There is also free funding for 2 year olds who are eligible. They too have an entitlement of 570 hours of free early education or childcare over 15 hours each week during term time. However, this has to be used in one setting only.

Your child can access this funding in the first term after they turn two until the term following their third birthday, when they will be able to take the free education for 3 and 4 year olds.

Eligibility for 2-year-olds

Your 2-year-old will be eligible if they are:

  • A looked after child
  • A child with an Educational Health Care Plan
  • A child for whom you get a disability living allowance
  • A child who is eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) e.g. families whose income is below £16,190 and their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:-
    • Income Support
    • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
    • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
    • The Guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit provided the household income does not exceed £16,190
    • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
    • Universal Credit



The first 15 hours a week are free to those children who are eligible.

Can I pay privately at Kettlesing Pre-School?

Yes. Parents who wish to pay for extra hours above their 570 can do, even if they take their funded hours at a different establishment. Alternatively, if you have a 2 year old who is not eligible for funding, you just can pay for their hours.


We offer a number of different sessions. You can book as many sessions as you wish in any of the combinations in the table below.

Sessions Times Cost £
Morning 9.00 – 12.00 £15.00
Afternoon 12.30 – 15.30 £15.00
Short Day 9.00 – 15.30 £32.50
Long Day 8.00 – 17.30 £47.50
Extended Morning 8.00 – 12.00 £20.00
Extended Afternoon 12.30 – 17.30 £25.00

Breakfast, snacks and afternoon tea are inclusive of the price. School meals can be purchased otherwise a packed lunch should be sent for children staying for full days.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. As long as you are only taking your 570 hours, there is absolutely no extra cost.

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A wide range of Fun, Educational Activities

Choose a teach-led setting with a difference…

Did you know that we offer activities as part of our flexible time slots? Kettlesing Pre-school offers its young learners a range of activities across the week. These sessions come at no further cost and our staff members are always present.

Day Activity  Session
Monday Spanish/Nature Activities  Morning/Afternoon
Tuesday Tennis Tykes  Morning
Wednesday Yoga  Morning
Thursday  Athletics  Afternoon
Friday Music  Morning

If you are interested in booking one of these sessions, simply contact us to check for availability.

Book A Visit  

You can arrange a visit to look around the Pre-school and meet the team.