Children can start Pickles Pre-School from the age of 2 years 6 month. Some children transition to a School Nursery, however many parents choose for their children to stay at Pickles Pre-School until they start Reception as their child is secure, happy and developing well with the support of our amazing staff team. For children with a Summer term birthday parents can choose, if they wish, for their child to stay at Pickles Pre-School for another academic year and defer their Reception Class start until the following September.

We are registered for 25 children per session.

The Morning Session runs 9:05am - 12:05pm. The Afternoon Session runs 12:05pm - 15:05pm. An All-Day Session runs from 9:05am - 3:05pm.

Fees as from January 2018 are £4.80 per hour (£14.40 per 3 hour session, £28.80 for an All-Day Session). These fees cover staff salaries and the day to day running of the pre-school. Prices increase each January.

A packed lunch and drink must be provided for an All-Day / Afternoon Session.

Children are entitled to up to 15 hours free per week, the term following their third birthday. Funding information

We accept 2 year funded places. Find out more details and see if you’re eligible here.

We offer 30-hours a week Free Early Years Education through the Government’s 3 – 4 years old funding scheme. Eligibility for the 30 hours free childcare entitlement will be determined by the HMRC eligibility checker. More details on eligibility can be found at

Morning, Afternoon and All-Day Sessions are all options available to you and can form part of your child’s 15/30 hours a week Free Early Education childcare, as long as we have space. There is the option of accessing hours and the funding at 2 different settings if limited hours are available.