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.

Fees as from January 2017 are £4.70 per hour (£14.10 per 3 hour session, £28.20 for an All-Day Session and £7.05 per Lunch Club). 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 a Lunch Club / All-Day / Afternoon Session. Lunch CLub will only continue to be run on a Monday and a Friday afternoon until we extend our hours to an Afternoon / All-Day Sessions every week day from the Autumn 2017 Term.

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.

Extended Childcare entitlement (30 hours free childcare) - Hertfordshire is a Pilot area for the scheme and Pickles Pre-School is in a chosen location of the County’s pilot scheme. Parents should observe the pilot scheme criteria and apply directly with Hertfordshire County Council for the scheme.

In January 2017 we increased our opening times to include Afternoons / All-Day sessions so to meet demand and offer Parent/Carers more flexibility in the childcare hours we can offer. We are open 3 afternoons currently (Tuesday, Wednesday and a Thursday) and we will increase our afternoon sessions so we will be open every term day 9:05am - 3:05pm from September 2017.

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