Funding and Fees

Before registering for a place for your child at the Children’s Workshop, we hope you have read our Policy documents and spent time looking at our resources and structure. Your child only gets one shot at this vital stage of being a pre-schooler!

Your child will be eligible for the Early Years Universal Free Early Education Funding from the beginning of the term after his/her 3rd birthday. You will be given all the necessary paperwork well in advance but you need to have the following information. We are determined to maintain our particularly high standards and we believe that this philosophy is genuinely shared by our parents.

Our Curriculum is based upon, but not limited by, the Foundation Stage which precedes Key Stage 1 and which continues to the end of the Reception Year at Primary school, and we are required to make full records and assessments of your child’s progress within the Foundation Stage.

In order to properly fulfill these pre-school requirements of the Foundation Stage (Prime & Specific areas), children starting at Primary school in September 2023 will be expected to attend a minimum of 3 sessions a week at the Workshop from September 2022.

Children starting at Primary school in September 2024 will be required to attend a minimum of 2 sessions per week from September 2022.

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following current Government Guidance and requesting that children only attend one setting; this is to maintain the health and safety of our children and staff. In addition, parents are asked to bear in mind that it can be very confusing for children who attend more than one setting concurrently. They have to cope with differing structures, different adult and peer group relationships and different routines and standards at a very important but vulnerable stage in their development and this can inhibit their overall progress. Additionally there are considerable extraneous amounts of duplicated paperwork, assessments, and records.
  • We accept that occasionally there are exceptions which cannot be avoided but we reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a place at the Workshop where there is dual attendance :
    1. Where the child will be attending so few sessions that the Children’s Workshop cannot fulfill the obligations under the Childcare Bill 2006 (rev. 2012) with regard to the Foundation Stage curriculum.Or
    2. Where the Children’s Workshop feel the Key Staff cannot provide the quantity and quality of Key Assessments, Observations, Records and Evidence of Achievement as required by the Foundation Stage with special regard to the Prime and Specific Areas.

Where appropriate, the Registration Fee will be refunded.

Most information can be found on our website, but before making a decision, please bear in mind the following:

  • Government Early Years Free Early Education funding for 3 and 4 year olds (universal entitlement) does not begin until the Term after the child’s 3rd birthday. September 2022 for children born April 1st – 31st August 2019), January 2023 for children who were born Sept 1st – Dec 31st 2019, April 2023 for children born Jan 1st – March 31st 2020. Currently this funding is for a maximum of 15 hours per week.
  • There is an additional 15 hours funding available to some working parents called the extended entitlement (or 30 hours). There are strict criteria for this entitlement and parents will have to prove their eligibility. Please note that the maximum number of hours the Children’s Workshop can offer is 22 ½ hours/week (5 x sessions of 4 ½ hours).
  • Government Early Education funding is for BASIC childcare with a staff: ratio of 1 adult: 8 children. Under the terms of the Childcare Bill 2006, parents are to be charged separately for the additional services and extra-curricula activities and the many other features of the Children’s Workshop provision. If you are not willing to make the additional payment, then you should seriously consider whether the Workshop is the right Setting for your child. If you have a particular financial situation, contact Joan Tait in confidence.
  • We recommend the use of Childcare Vouchers as the Fees are paid before Tax has been deducted and are therefore very tax-efficient. Ask us for the unique reference numbers to give to your HR departments.
  • Children can attend either 3 ¼ hr or 4 ¼ hr sessions (9.15am – 12.30pm or 9.15am – 1.30pm) in Blue Group or 4 ½ hr sessions (9.00am – 1.30pm) in Red Group.
  • Children can have extra hours by changing from 3 ¼ hr to 4 ¼ hr sessions in Blue Group if places are available. Sessions cannot be mixed during the week.
  • Extra sessions are seldom available during the year.
  • All children attending for 4 ¼ or 4 ½ hour sessions require a packed lunch.

Our Charges (September 2022)

For children not yet eligible for the Government Early Education Funding (born after August 31st 2019)

Our Fee is £7.75/hour

3 ¼ hrs sessions (£25.19/session): 4 ¼ hrs sessions (£32.94/session):
2 sessions per week £50.38 2 sessions per week £65.88
3 sessions a week £75.56 3 sessions a week £98.81
4 sessions a week £100.75 4 sessions a week £131.75
5 sessions a week £125.94 5 sessions a week £164.69
Charges for those born before August 31st 2019 and eligible for the UNIVERSAL entitlement.

3 ¼ hour session will cost £10.24 for the first 15 hours per week*

4 ¼ hour session will be £13.39 for the first 15 hours per week*

4 ½ hour session will be £14.18 for the first 15 hours per week*

*For more than 15 hours per week the extra hours are charged at £7.75 per hour


Weekly Costs: Sessions per week 3 ¼ hours 4 ¼ hours 4 ½ hours
2 £20.48 £26.78 £28.35
3 £30.71 £40.16 £42.53
4 £40.95 £62.75* £70.50*
5 £56.94* £95.69* £105.38*
Charges for those born before August 31st 2019 and eligible for the UNIVERSAL and EXTENDED entitlement.

3 ¼ hour session will cost £10.24

4 ¼ hour session will cost £13.39

4 ½ hour session will cost £14.18

Weekly Costs: Sessions per week 3 ¼ hours 4 ¼ hours 4 ½ hours
2 £20.48 £26.78 £28.35
3 £30.71 £40.16 £42.53
4 £40.95 £53.55 £56.70
5 £51.19 £66.94 £70.88

Please Note

The Children’s Workshop is able to provide up to two fully funded places per year for families with extenuating circumstances. These will be solely at the Management’s discretion.

Information about all Early Years Education Funding can be found on the Government website: