Our basic costs are primarily met by the ‘Early Years Entitlement’ grant we receive from BANES. The rate we receive from BANES for 3 and 4 year olds is currently £4 per hour. For funded 2 year olds we receive £5.42 per hour (the additional is to cover the extra staff we need to look after our younger children).

For more information about funding for 2,3 and 4 year olds, please visit the BANES website.

In line with other Pre-Schools, we find that this funding is insufficient to cover our costs, so we ask parents and carers for a consumables contribution of 75p per EYE funded hour. For example, for a child attending the full 15 funded hours per week, we would ask for a contribution of £7.50 per week. If you believe you may have difficulty in paying this contribution then please speak to us as you may be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

As is the case with many pre-schools, fundraising is also essential to provide new equipment, craft materials, books etc. We have been very lucky to have some extremely generous support from local businesses recently, and if you would like to make a donation to the pre-school we would love to hear from you. Please contact the committee for more information.

In addition, please consider registering with and becoming one of our supporters – that way, we receive a donation every time you shop online with your favourite retailers (e.g. Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Interflora etc…) and it doesn’t cost you anything!