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Funding and Fees


Free Early Education for three and four year olds provides funding for 15 hours (5 sessions) a week from the term (not half term) after your child’s 3rd birthday.  The 15 hours can be claimed entirely at Chiddingstone Nursery or you can split the funded hours between two settings.

Find out when your 3 year old is eligible

Child born betweenWill become eligible for free childcare
1 January and 31 MarchThe start of term 5 following their third birthday (after Easter holiday)
1 April and 31 AugustThe start of term 1 following their third birthday (after Summer holiday)
1 September and 31 DecemberThe start of term 3 following their third birthday (after Christmas/New Year holiday)

At Chiddingstone Nursery, we offer morning or afternoon sessions. Our Monday and Tuesday morning sessions do not form part of the Free Early Education and are therefore chargeable (see Fees below) to all parents who require these sessions. Please be aware that this does not affect your 15 hours Free Early Education funded allocation which you can use on any of the other 7 sessions the Nursery is open.

The Nursery does not participate in the Government 30 hours free funding initiative. Therefore children are not eligible to claim Government funding under this scheme at Chiddingstone Nursery.

The Nursery is also registered to offer Free For Two places.


If your child attends our Monday or Tuesday morning sessions; or is not eligible for the Free Early Education funding either because they are too young or you are using more than 5 (15 hrs) sessions in total at any Nursery, then the Session Charge is £18.50.

An invoice for Session Charges, Additional Charges and Voluntary Termly Contributions will be emailed four weeks prior to the start of each term. We request that invoices are settled within 14 days from the date of invoice.

Voluntary Termly Contribution

The Free Early Education funded hours are paid to us by the Local Authority (from money given to them by the Government) at a set rate until 2020. However, this rate is less than the cost of providing the childcare which sadly is a nationwide problem. In the face of rising costs, the Government is asking providers to do the impossible: deliver the same quality childcare with less resource. We therefore ask for a minimum voluntary termly contribution of £1.50 per session attended from parents of children in receipt of Free Early Education.

Fee Changes from September 2020

Monday and Tuesday mornings will now be eligible for Free Early Education funding. If your child is not eligible for the Free Early Education funding either because they are too young or you are using more than 15 hours (6 sessions at Chiddingstone Nursery) in total at any Nursery, then the Session Charge is £18.50.

The Free Early Education Funding may be used in 2.5 hour blocks at Chiddingstone Nursery leaving 30 minutes per session (morning or afternoon) as chargeable at a rate of £6.50 per session, or £13.00 a day for those attending a full day.

There will be a limited number of spaces available for Free Early Education funded hours in blocks of 3 hours to those in receipt of Free for 2 Funding or Pupil Premium.

Voluntary Termly Contributions donations will no longer be necessary.

Late Payments

A late payment fee of £50.00 will be charged if an invoice is not settled within 14 days.

Late Pick Up

Children must be collected promptly at the end of each session. A late collection fee of £10.00 will be charged for collections of more than 15 minutes over the stated collection time. The Nursery has an Uncollected Child Policy which will be observed in the event your child is not collected.

For further information please read our Terms and Conditions or for all queries in relation to funding and fees, please contact the Nursery Finance Officer directly by emailing chiddnurseryfinance@yahoo.co.uk.