Fees and Funding

We are open between the hours of 8:45 am and 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday during term time only.  We believe that our flexibility in the allocation of sessions makes us one of the most accommodating  Pre-Schools in the area.  We try to fulfil parent’s wishes whenever possible to fit in with their needs, working patterns and their children’s routines.

Morning and all day sessions are for 3+ years, afternoon sessions are for 2 year olds only

Butterfly Room sessions

Mornings 8.45am -11.45am
Lunch club 11.45am – 12.45pm
All day sessions 11.45am -2.45pm

Caterpillar Room sessions

Afternoons 12pm – 3 pm

Fees and funding

Early years funding for 3 and 4 year old children

All three and four year old children in England are entitled to a free part-time early years place at a nursery or pre-school before they reach school age.  Free early years places are funded by Reading Borough Council using central government money.

15 Hours a Week Free Early Years Funding

Children are entitled to 15 hours per week of free entitlement for a maximum of 38 weeks (up to 570 hours) a year from the term after their third birthday. Hours can be used with more than one provider. We  offer this entitlement in the form of five x 3 hour sessions.  We endeavour to be as flexible as we can in how your child’s 15 hours of free early years education are taken to fit in with your needs, subject of course to the availability of sessions.  For example five morning sessions or two and a half days or 4 mornings with 3 lunch clubs.

30 Hours a Week Free Childcare Extended Entitlement From September 2018, the Government launched its extended early years offer for eligible working families who could double their free early years’ entitlement to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks a year. Stepping Stones preschool takes part in this extended offer and provides a limited number of 30 hours a week places to working families in the local community. TAX-FREE CHILDCARE For working families, including self employed, in the UK. If you are earning under £100k and an average of £167 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each over 3 months. Who aren’t receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or Childcare Vouchers. With children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled) For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2000 per child per year. ALL INFORMATION ON FUNDING CAN BE FOUND AT : https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
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