Purley Pre-School

Fees and Sessions

Session Time Cost
Breakfast 8am to 8.45am £4.50
Morning 8.45am to 11.45am £15.75
Lunch club 11.45am to 12.15pm £2.50
Afternoon 12.15pm to 3.15pm £15.75

Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
We currently operate on a term time only basis.  Our term dates can be found here.

Invoices are issued prior to the start of each term.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque, bank transfer or Voucher scheme. Payment is expected within 14 days.  Please refer to our Fees and Booking Policy for more information.

Government Funding
The Government fund 570 hours per year of early education and childcare for children aged 3 and 4 and eligible 2 year olds. This is offered as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

30 hour Free Childcare Entitlement
On top of the universal 15 hours free provision that all 3 and 4 year olds receive currently, the government has committed to doubling this offer for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

Eligibility Criteria for the extended entitlement : Working parents includes: employed, self-employed and workers on a zero hour’s contract.

To take up the 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017 families need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Each parent earns less than £100,000 per year
  • Both parents are working and in a lone parent family the sole parent must work
  • Each parent works a minimum of 16 hours a week or earns on average a weekly minimum amount that is equivalent to 16 hours a week at either the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage (which will be £120 a week based on National Living Wage from April 2017)

There are exceptions to both parents having to work. Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be entitled to the additional 15 hours of free childcare; however, they will be eligible where:

  • both parents are employed but one (or both parents) is temporarily away from the workplace on: parental, maternity or paternity leave; adoption leave; or on statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and one parent:
    • has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
    • is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

Parents on a zero hour’s contract and the self-employed can apply for the 30 hours free childcare, so how will these applications be assessed?
Zero hours contract and self-employed: although the criteria are based on earning the equivalent of 16 hours a week, there is no requirement to work any particular number of hours or to earn any particular amount each week. Parents need only to expect to earn the stated amount on average over a 3 month period (which will be £120 a week based on National Living Wage from April 2017). HMRC will request information through the application process (see below for the process) which may include previous earnings.
New self-employed parents: it is recognised that many small businesses struggle to generate a regular income when they first start up. Therefore to support newly self-employed parents they do not have to meet the minimum income rule in their first year of trading. This ‘start up’ period should remove the pressure on parents to predict future income in the earliest months of their business

Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order