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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 by completing the above Application Form/Waiting List Form.

New Millside Pre-school takes children not in catchment but we will allocate sessions to those in the catchment area first - please see our catchment page Catchment Area (

For a September start (Autumn Term), we will start to allocate sessions out and email you during our Spring/Summer Term.
If spaces are available, we also enrol again during the Autumn Term for a Spring start and in the Spring Term for a Summer Term start.

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)
2024/2025 - Session Fees £23.00 for 3 hours and £6.00 for lunch session (1/2 hours) - (unless funding, see below)

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 plan 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.

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 and Educational Funding 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 funding.

When to take up your funded hours
If your child turns 3 before:                                     They can take up funded hours 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 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 - Check you're eligible for free childcare if you're working - GOV.UK (

2 Year Olds

Some 2-year-olds may also be eligible to receive 15 funded hours.

There are two different funding types available for some 2 year olds:-

2 Year Funding for families receiving some additional forms of government support.
Contact your local council to check if you are eligible.

2 Year Funding for eligible working parents.
Check the Government website to see if you are eligible.

If your child is eligible for one of the above, your child's funding will start the term after their second birthday:-
Child’s birthday: 1 January to 31 March
When you can claim: the beginning of term on or after 1 April (Summer Term)

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

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

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

Extended Absence

Child is absent for long period due to sickness
New Millside will record the reason for the absence and ask the parent to sign as confirmation/confirm via email.  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, if possible. The setting will inform the Early Years Funding Team.

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. Our safeguarding policy will also be followed.