Opening Times & Fees

Opening times

We are open Monday-Friday approximately following the local Primary Schools term dates and Free Early Education is available for eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds. Our terms consist of 14 weeks in the Autumn, 11 weeks in the spring and 13 weeks in the summer (38 weeks) allowing you to access your full free entitlement.

Our opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 8am-3.00pm



Our available sessions are shown in the table below under fees. We offer flexible drop offs so you can fit in with dropping off older children at school if you need to.

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

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.

8.00 12.00 £20.00
8.30 12.00 £17.50
9.00 12.00 £15.00
8.00 13.00 £25.00
8.30 13.00 £22.50
9.00 13.00 £20.00
8.00 15.00 £35.00
8.30 15.00 £32.50
9.00 15.00 £30.00

We do not charge a registration fee, although do ask fee-paying families to pay a £50 refundable deposit. Children only accessing Free for 2’s, and 3 & 4  Free Early Education places do not pay a deposit.

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.

Every child is entitled to 15 hours Universal Free Early Education per week for up to 38 weeks per year (a maximum 190 sessions of 3 hours/570 hours per year).  You may also be able to claim an additional 15 hours extended entitlement if you work more than 16 hours per week (if a couple then both partners or just yourself if single)

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!