Early Years Free Entitlement:

Every child attending our pre-school is entitled to 15 hours free nursery education per week, 38 weeks a year from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday. Children can claim this free education in a multitude of ways but sessions must be for a minimum of 2.5 hours a day and a maximum of 6 hours a day.

Funding is issued termly in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Terms. Should you wish to move your child to a different setting mid-term you may be required to pay for these sessions as their funding entitlement will have already been claimed with the previous setting.

In the event of there being more children than places available we shall give priority to funded four year old children then funded three year old children.

We are an inclusive practice and will not refuse a place on the grounds of a child’s attainment, gender, race, religion, language, culture or any special educational needs the child may have.

Yaxley & Mellis Pre-school will be funded for the ‘free’ time by a grant, which we receive directly from the L.E.A.We receive our funding termly,if you require your child to attend more than 15 hours a week you will be invoiced for the top up on a half termly basis.

You are able to claim your child’s nursery grant through more than 1 setting. Pre-schools automatically receive funding above private nurseries. Once we have established and agreed space and session times with you we will provide you with a parent declaration form, which you must complete and return to us by head count day. We must also see original evidence of your child’s date of birth. We then have to submit your child’s details to the L.E.A., together with the agreed number of sessions your child is attending for. If your child attends with another provider we shall make contact with them to confirm how many sessions you shall be using with them. You will not be eligible for funding exceeding more than 15 hours a week between both practitioners.

If your child's funded session falls on a bank holiday Monday we will do our up most to give you a replacement session, during the term this funding falls under, on a session where we have a space available.

2 Year Old Funding

This is a scheme that allows eligible children to receive free early years care and education from the term after their second birthday. Eligible children can claim up to 15 hours free early years care a week for 38 weeks a year.

Who can receive the 2 year old free early learning?

The 2 year old free early learning will be offered to families receiving one of the following benefits:

•Income Support

•Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

•Income-related Employment Support Allowance

•Child Tax Credit but not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and the annual household income less than £16,190.

•Support under Part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guarantee element of State Pension Credit

•Working Tax Credit during the 4 week period immediately after their employment finishes or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week

•Or two year old's who have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order

This is part of a national offer from the Department for Education (DfE) and has been developed to improve outcomes for identified two year old's who would benefit from accessing high quality early years and childcare provision. Further details can be found in the documents below:

Free Child Care for 2 Year Olds

Free Early Learning for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Free Entitlement Policy


30 hours extended entitlement for Early Years Children September 2017

The government has committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of nursery age pupils from September 2017. They want the 30 hours extended entitlement to have a real impact on the lives of families, supporting parents who wish to work, or to work more hours, to be able to do so.

At Yaxley & Mellis Pre-School we are able to offer provision for 10 children to access the extra 15 hours. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Further information can be found on the government website


No further payment is required:

Unless the pre-school arranges outings and trips.

A child attends more than 5 sessions per week with two or more providers of Pre-school education. In this instance, the providers only receive a share of the funding and therefore parents are required to make up the shortfall to the appropriate fee.

A parent chooses not to take up the funding in which case the hourly rate is £3.60, when accessing sessions over 2.5 hours.

Fees can be paid weekly, half termly at the beginning of each half term, or termly within the first two weeks of term. We do ask for prompt payment, but please talk to us if there are any difficulties.
Please place cash or cheque payments (payable to Yaxley & Mellis Pre-school) into a sealed envelope with your child's name on the front, and post in our FAO Allie postbox located outside the main door.

Unfortunately, we do have to charge for sessions missed due to illness or holiday.

If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please talk to the Team Leader and our Administration Manager.

Please ensure prompt payment of your fees. All late or non-payment of fees will incur an additional administration charge.

Notice period

Should you wish to withdraw your child from pre-school, payment is still required in full for the half term in which notice is given.