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Fees & Admissions

Below are the costs for your child to attend Downside Pre-School CIO and what funding is available to you.

Admissions, Fees and Funding

What you need to know

Here at Downside Pre-School CIO we operate an open door policy so you can pop in at anytime for a look around or a chat.

Alternatively you can make an enquiry or book a visit by contacting us through the online form on our Contact Us page or by simply sending us an e-mail or giving us a call.

How Much Will It Cost?

Our Fess & Admissions

Below are all the details you need to understand how much it will cost for your child to attend Downside Pre-School CIO


We are able to offer places to children aged between two and five years old. We are open 5 days a week, term time only, from 8.45am to 3.15pm.  We operate a waiting list during very busy periods and will do our best to accommodate siblings, so it is best to register a place for your child as soon as possible.

It is our intention to ensure Downside Pre-School CIO is accessible to children and families from all sections of the community.  

The numbers and ages of children admitted to the preschool comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When considering admissions we are mindful of staff: child ratios and the facilities available at the preschool.

We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the pre-school through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

Sessions & Lunch Club

The pre-school is open from 8.45am – 3.15pm, 5 days a week.  Our morning sessions start at 8.45am and finish at 11.45am, there is a lunch session every day from 11.45am-12.15pm and the afternoon  sessions run from 12.15pm – 3.15pm.

The minimum hours per day you can have is 2 hours; you can have up to 6.5 per day.

You can choose to have your child stay for lunch, either as part of the funded hours or you can pay extra to extend your child’s morning or afternoon session to include lunch.  The children are required to bring a packed lunch which they eat with their friends. We provide them with water to drink.


All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 totally free hours starting the term after their 2nd or 3rd birthday.  The dates for the funding are as follows 

31st December
31st March
31st August 

So if your child is 2 or 3 on the 1st January they will not receive funding until after Easter

If you are a working parent/guardian, you may be eligible for free funding up to 30 hours per week.  For more information on that and what funding is available to you, please visit:


The cost of the pre school is £7.45 an hour and this is payable in advance weekly. Fees must still be paid if your child is absent for a short period of time, such as sickness or holidays. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please talk to Julie. For your child to keep his/her place at the pre-school, you must pay the fees or we must receive nursery education funding for your child.