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 https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents

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.