Fees and funding

Funding - Free Early Education

The Early Bird Pre-School CIC is registered with Hertfordshire County Council to offer 15 hours per week of free early years education for all children the term after their 3rd birthday as follows:

Child’s Birthday

Funding starts

Turns 3 on or before 31st December

Beginning of Spring Term (January)

Turns 3 on or before 31st March

Beginning of Summer Term (April)

Turns 3 on or before 31st August

Beginning of Autumn Term (September)

Funding - 30 Hours Free Early Years Education

In addition, some 3-4 year olds may be entitled to an additional 15 hours per week. For further details ask a member of staff or follow this link.


Funding - 2 year funding

We are also registered to offer children whose families receive certain benefits, 15 hours free from the term after their 2nd birthday.

Your 2 year old can free early education if you receive one of these benefits:

  • income support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax

  • tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Free childcare is also available for children who:

  • are looked after by a local authority

  • have a current statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan

  • have left care through a special guardianship or an adoption or child arrangement order

  • get disability living allowance.


To receive a 2 year funded place you must first apply to the local authority for a code. This can be done by following this link

Once you have received the code please provide this code to the setting (admin@earlybirdpreschool.co.uk). Unless we receive this code we will invoice you for an unfunded place.

For more information about funding and eligibility visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Please note, all entitlement is subject to places being available. See our admissions policy for more information.


Where a child does not receive government funding or they are attending more than their funded hours, our session fee is £6.00 per hour (September 2022)

Please note that session fees are charged in advance but may be paid in instalments as agreed with management. First instalments for session fees are payable on first day of term and on agreed instalment dates thereafter. All Fees are non non-refundable and non-transferable (see our policies and procedures page for more information). We accept Child Care Vouchers, cash, cheques and bank transfers. Please see your invoice for payment details.

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