Sessions, funding and admissions.

Term dates 2020/2021



8th September – 22nd October 

Half Term

26th October –  30th October

2nd November – 15th December 



6th January – 11th February 

Half Term

15th February – 19th February 

22nd February –  31st March 



19th April – 27th May 

(Closed 3 May - Bank Holiday)

(Closed 6 May - local elections)

Half Term

31st May – 4th June 

7th June – 15th July 

Session Times

Monday: 9.15am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm, Forest School: 1pm – 2.45pm

Tuesday: 9.15am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm, Rising 4s only: 1pm – 2.45pm

Wednesday: 9.15am – 12pm,  12pm – 1pm, Afternoon closed

Thursday: 9.15am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm, Rising 4s only: 1pm – 2.45pm

Friday: Closed

Our standard morning session is 9.15am – 12pm.  All children have the option of staying for lunch until 1pm – children bring a packed lunch and drink from home and we ask parents to support the pre-school’s healthy eating and nut-free policies when making their child’s packed lunch.

In addition, we also offer Rising 4 sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 2.45pm for our older children who will be turning 4 during the academic year.  These sessions concentrate on the children’s next steps, including numeracy and literacy, and help prepare them for Primary School.  On Monday afternoons we have launched our new Forest School which runs from 1pm – 2.45pm for children aged 3 and over.


Fees & Funding

Our Session Fees:

£19.00 per session (9.15am-12pm) (£20.50 from Sep 2021)

£7.73 for lunch (12-1pm) 

£38.00 for all day (9.15am-2.45pm)

All children are eligible for 15 hours Universal Early Years Government Funding the term after they turn three.  In addition, some children may be eligible for extra funding via the Government’s Extended 30 hour scheme. Harpsden Pre-School is a registered charity and we try to keep our fees as low as possible.  Where this Government funding is claimed for sessions at Harpsden Pre-School parents will be asked to make a voluntary parental contribution to the pre-school to cover the shortfall between the amount of Government funding received and the actual running costs of the pre-school. These contributions are:


£9.02 per session (9.15am-12pm)

£3.73 for lunch (12-1pm) 

£18.04 for all day (9.15am-2.45pm)


Families in receipt of certain benefits may be able to claim 2 year old funding.  We can claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium scheme to support children’s development, learning and care and the Disability Access Fund. Children are eligible for EYPP if their parent/s are in receipt of certain benefits.

Updated March 16th 2020.


Do come and visit us at the pre-school to find out more about us and for a tour with one of the team.  We promise you a very warm welcome!

To arrange an appointment please do telephone us or drop us an email via our contact page.