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Admissions and Fees

To register your child with our pre-school, please complete and return the Application Form below.

Once completed, please return to


We are insured to take children from 2 to 5 years. We operate a waiting list which you are welcome to join at any time. New Millside Pre-school takes children in date of birth order, catchment children first - please see our catchment page Catchment Area (

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Natalie, Administration & Finance Manager via email or call into the office 01296 489457.


2023/2024 - Sessional Fees £22.50 for 3 hours and £5.75 for Lunch sessions (1/2 hour) - (unless funded - see below '3 & 4 Year Funding')

If your child is two and does not qualify for 2 year funding, or if you go over funded hours, then the above fees apply.

Invoices are sent out the first week of term and payment is due 2 weeks from the date of the invoice.  
By arrangement, we can offer a flexible payment system for families with differing means.  We do charge if your child is absent for holidays/short illnesses, as our costs remain the same.  Prolonged illness can be negotiated.

Each child’s attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees.  We require a minimum of four weeks notice should you decide to remove your child.  If you remove your child during a half term, your fees will be payable to the end of that half-term.

Please see our Fees Policy for more information, under Policies and Procedures Tab.

3 and 4 Year Funding

Your child will become eligible for funding the term after they are three. A funded place entitles your child for up to 15 Universal hours per week and 15 hours Extended hours if you qualify for the 30 hours free funding.

When to take up your funded hours
If your child turns 3 before:                                     They can take up funded hour from:
 31 March                                        April (Summer Term)
          31 August                                        September (Autumn Term)
31 December                                   January (Spring Term)

30 Hour Code
If you do qualify for the 30 hours free funding you must provide us with your qualifying code.
For more information on the 30 hour code and/or to apply,
please go to the following link - 30 hours free childcare - GOV.UK (

2 Year Olds

Some 2-year-olds in England can also get free early education and childcare.
You must be getting one of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Working Tax Credits and earn £16,190 a year or less

Children are also entitled to a place if:
They’re looked after by a local council
They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
They get Disability Living Allowance
They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Child’s birthday: 1 January to 31 March
When you can claim: the beginning of term on or after 1 April

Child’s birthday: 1 April to 31 August
When you can claim: the beginning of term on or after 1 September

Child’s birthday: 1 September to 31 December
When you can claim: the beginning of term on or after 1 January

Contact your local council to check if you are eligible.

Extended Absence

Child is absent for long period due to sickness
New Millside will record the reason for the absence and ask parent to sign as confirmation.  This evidence will be retained for audit purposes.  If absence is for a long period, perhaps due to hospitalisation, we will consider if the hours can be reallocated on a temporary basis.

Child is absent due to family holidays or pilgrimage
Funding will be retained for the remainder of the term.  However, if a child is absent for a period greater than four weeks, the place will be reallocated if it is required by another family.  When/if the child returns they will be treated as a new application for a place.  New Millside MUST be informed in writing of extended holidays with their Child’s return date.

Child from Traveller community (Gypsy, Roma & Traveller)
Gypsy, Roma and traveller children must be known by METAS to be treated as an exception.  Travellers should be treated the same as other families but it is recognised that they may attend on an irregular pattern and may not agree to sign a Parent/Provider Agreement (FFE4).  If a traveller is absent for a period of more than four weeks their place will be reallocated by New Millside unless the setting is advised differently by METAS

Failure to notify
Failure to notify New Millside of extended holiday and/or prolonged absences in writing with a return date, will result in the child’s place being reallocated within the first 7 days.