Opening Times & Fees

Opening times

We are open Monday-Friday during term-time (38 weeks) when Free Early Education is available for eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds.

Our opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 8am-3.30pm

*For more information, please refer to our section on free early education below


The following sessions are available: 9am-12pm, 9am-1pm, 12-3pm or 9-3pm.

If your child is at pre-school for lunch, they will need a packed lunch which we will keep in the fridge. We encourage healthy eating and ask parents to provide packed lunches that contain healthy options such as sandwiches, fruit and dairy products (eg cheese, yoghurts etc). We discourage lots of treats/sugary drinks. We do not permit nuts or nut based products in lunchboxes for safeguarding purposes.
Elham Pre-School provides a snack around 10.00am, when a variety of fruit, cheese and breadsticks are offered to the children with milk and/or water (as preferred by your child). We also stop for a drink break around 2pm. Fresh water is also available at all times – we have personalised drink bottles, which are sterilised in our steam washer at the end of each day. If your child has any food allergies, please advise our staff so that we can ensure your child is kept safe.

Pre-School term and holiday dates

Elham Pre-School is open during normal school term-time. The dates for this year are available in dates for your diary


Our fees are very competitive. We charge £5.00 per hour.  Reduced rates are available for siblings – please enquire for more details.

Session Time Price
Early start 8am – 9am £5.00
Morning 9am – 12pm £15.00
Morning including lunch 9am – 1pm £20.00
Afternoon 12-3pm £15.00
Full day 9am-3pm £30.00


We do not charge a registration fee, although do ask fee-paying families to pay a £50 refundable deposit, children only accessing their Free Early Education place do not pay a deposit. Please click here to download our registration form.

Free Early Education for 2, 3 & 4 Year Olds

FREE Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds

Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds can be used during term time at our Pre-School. It will be available from term 1, 3 or 5 following your child’s third birthday. We will ask you to complete a parental declaration at the beginning of the term.

Your child is entitled to 15 hours Free Early Education per week for up to 38 weeks per year (a maximum 190 sessions of 3 hours/570 hours per year).  For more information, please click here.

FREE Early Education for 2 year olds

We are also a Registered Provider for Free Early Education for 2 year olds. Please speak to a member of staff for more information or click here.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Parents can register their child for this if they meet certain criteria, for example if they are in receipt of certain benefits.  If children are entitled to be registered for this it means that Elham Pre-School will receive additional funding to be spent on that child.  For more information please speak to staff.

Please come and look around and talk to us about your requirements for childcare - we think you'll be impressed! Almost 100% of parents who come to view our pre-school choose us!