All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week. This funding from the Government starts from 1st January, 1st April or 1st September following your child’s 3rd birthday.

Working families may also be entitled to an additional 15 hours free childcare each week, making a total of 30 hours. To check if you are eligible to receive this funding please refer to

Please note that you must apply for and receive your eligibility code before the beginning of the term for which you wish to claim the 30 hours free childcare (term dates as above).

A signed Parental Declaration Form is required for all funded children, this is available from the Preschool office.

We provide funded sessions, subject to availability, up to 30 hours per week during term time only.

For younger children and extra sessions, fees are charged per session (3 hours).  Invoices are sent out during the penultimate week of the previous term and payment is required by the end of the first week of the new term.

We also accept 2 year old children who receive government funding. This is subject to session availability.

Government funding is changing from April 2024. Please refer to the document linked here for further information.08.02.24 Combined Frequently Asked Questions for Parents – New Entitlement for Working Parents of 2YOs

If you have any queries with regard to the funding please contact Katie in the office or by email

Early Years Pupil Premium

The  Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is an additional sum of money paid to childcare providers for 3 and 4- year-old children of families in receipt of certain benefits. This funding will be used to enhance the quality of their early years’ experience by improving the teaching, learning, facilities and resources, with the aim of impacting positively on your child’s progress and development.

By signing the Parental Declaration Form, Swindon Borough Council is authorised to check the eligibility of each child.

Please contact Katie for further information.


From June 2023 the fees are:

Non-funded 2 year olds  £15.50 per session
non-funded 3 year olds  £15.50 per session
extra sessions for funded 3/4 year olds  £15.50