Little Berries Pre-School

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Fees & Funding

Fees (where applicable)

  • Fees should be paid promptly and IN ADVANCE
  • You can pay by cash, cheque, BACS or childcare vouchers
  • ALL Absences must be paid for
  • If you fall into arrears your child's place at pre-school may be a risk
    • Funding for 3/4 year olds

      Your child is funded from the term AFTER their 3rd birthday. They are entitled to 15 hours funding per week (an all day session counts as 6 hours). You will be asked to complete a funding form to receive the free entitlement and provide a copy of your child's birth certificate. These must be returned to Mary as soon as possible, otherwise your free entitlement could be delayed.

      For working parents of 3/4 year olds, you may be eligible for 30 hours funding from the term after your childs 3rd birthday. You can check your childs eligibility online at

      Funding for 2 year olds

      Southampton City Council is able to offer eligible two year olds up to 570 hours of early education per year over a minimum of 38 weeks from the term after your child's second birthday. This means the maximum you can take in one week is 15 hours, or you may wish to 'stretch' this funding i.e. your child has fewer hours a week so they can attend the setting throughout the year. This funding will continue until your child is able to claim their three year old place, available for all children.

      To qualify, the Government states that the parent/carer must be in meet certain criteria.

      The full eligibility criteria is as follows:

      For most children it is the same as for free school meals.

      Your child is eligible if you are a parent/carer in receipt of:
      • Universal Credit
      • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
      • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
      • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) of no more than £16,190
      • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week

      You can check your child's eligibility for the above criteria online at

      Any extra hours your child receives must be paid for.

Pre-School Session Fees

From the term after a child's 3rd birthday they are entitled to 15 government funded hours.

Elliagble 2 year olds can also recieve funding (see opposite for how to apply)

Over 15 hours or before eligable for funded hours:
£12 per session (3 hours) for children aged 3 and above.
£15 per session (3 hours) for children aged 2 years old.