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Sessions, free entitlement and fees

The nursery is open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm. 

Early Years Free Entitlement (FE) Sessions
Morning: 08:30am - 11:30am

Funded session - No payment required

Afternoon: 12:30pm - 3:30pm Funded session - No payment required
  • A lunch session can be added to a funded morning or afternoon session.
  • To attend all-day, parents have the option of paying for the lunch session or taking their child home for lunch and returning for the start of the afternoon session.
  • The lunch session is 11:30am – 12:30pm and will be charged at £6.00.

Non-Funded Sessions

Morning: 08:30am - 11:30am

£18.00 per 3-hour session

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm

£6.00 per 1-hour lunch session

Afternoon: 12:30pm - 3:30pm £18.00 per 3-hour session
All-day: 8:30am - 3:30pm £42.00 all-day session
    Please note: These sessions cannot be split.
  • You will be asked to choose a minimum of 2 sessions per week, over a minimum of 2 days. 
  • Parents can choose a combination of mornings, afternoons and whole days. These can also be a combination of funded and non-funded sessions.
  • Once parents have completed the Free Entitlement Parent Declaration Form at their child’s taster session, providing the child is eligible, the nursery will claim FE funding on behalf of the family for up to 38 weeks (term time only, inset days and bank holidays are not included).
  • Paid sessions can be accessed before a child is eligible for the 3 and 4 year old FE (as a Rising 3).
  • If your child is only eligible for the Universal FE, you can pay for additional sessions.
  • Although we hope to accommodate all parents with the sessions they require, these are on a first come, first served basis, as we need to ensure that we have the correct staffing ratios to care for the children. 


Free Entitlement

Your child will be eligible for the Free Entitlement the term after their second or third birthday.

Your child turns three between:

The term in which your child may be eligible for the 2 year old Free Entitlement (if starting as a ‘Rising 3’)

 If not eligible, fees will be payable.

The term in which your child will be eligible for the 3 and 4 year old Universal Free Entitlement and, if eligible, the Extended Free Entitlement.
1 April – 31 August

Autumn Term (September)
following their 2nd birthday

Autumn Term (September)
following their 3rd birthday

1 September – 31 December

Spring Term (January)
following their 2nd birthday

Spring Term (January)
following their 3rd birthday

1 January – 31 March

Summer Term (April)
following their 2nd birthday

Summer Term (April)
following their 3rd birthday

Some ‘Rising 3s’ may be able to access the 2 year old Free Entitlement. To find out if you are eligible and to apply go to:

If eligible, you will receive a letter from the Family Information Service. The unique reference number will need to be given to the nursery in order for us to access your child’s funding to cover the term in which they have their birthday (Rising 3). If you cannot access the funding, fees will be payable until they become eligible for the 3 and 4 year old Universal Free Entitlement, the term after their third birthday.

Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds could also be entitled to an additional 15 hours free childcare through the Extended Free Entitlement. To find out if you are eligible go to If you are eligible, you will need to provide the nursery with your 30 hours eligibility code the term before your child is due to start at the nursery. This will give us time to validate the code with the Family Information Service before confirming your child’s extended nursery place. Once in receipt of the Extended Free Entitlement, you will be required to reconfirm your eligibility with HMRC every three months (approx. 12 weeks)

You can apply for your 30 hour code after your

child turns 2 years and 36 weeks

(16 weeks before their third birthday).

Free Entitlement information can also be obtained from the local authority

West Sussex Family Information Service 01243 77780

The best time to apply for your 30 hour code:

If your child turns three between: They are eligible from: When best to apply for your code:
1 April – 31 August 1 September (autumn term)

15 June to 31 July

1 September – 31 December 1 January (spring term)

15 October to 30 November

1 January – 31 March 1 April (summer term)

15 January to 24 February


Non-funded hours are charged at £6.00 per hour.

If your child starts at the nursery as a ‘Rising 3’ and they are not eligible for the 2 year old Free Entitlement, or you are not entitled to the Extended Free Entitlement (30 hours) and you choose to pay for additional hours, then our hourly rate of £6.00 will apply.

Example: 15 hours x £6.00 = £90.00 per week 



Working families, including the self-employed, earning under £100k and at least £139 per week each (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum of Living Wage), who are not receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or Childcare Vouchers, will be able to claim Tax-Free Childcare. For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child, per year.

For further information and to apply go to:



Parents will be informed, in writing or by email of any other costs that may be incurred throughout the year. Additional costs may include any of the following: reminder letters for overdue payments, trips, photos, parties or deliberate damage to resources that can be attributed to your child.