Admissions & Funding

Extended Hours

The staff and committee at Prebend Pre-school are thrilled announce we now offer extended hours, the pre-school opens at 7:30am until 5:30pm.   Breakfast and after school clubs are open to children aged 2 to 7 along with flexible holiday clubs.

Afternoon Sessions

Afternoon sessions including “Munchkins” lunch club can be included in your 15 hours of funding if eligible.  You are welcome to provide your child with a packed lunch, alternatively, nutritionally balanced hot meals are now available at lunch time, for further information please ask a member of staff.

Two Hour Early Years Sessions

As an introduction to Pre-school, 2 year olds are welcome to stay and play with or without their carers for a shorter 2 hour session. Please contact staff to arrange a suitable time.

Short Notice and Visitor Sessions

We are pleased to offer Short Notice sessions for the occasional times that you need additional childcare. Please contact staff directly up to 48hrs beforehand to ask if there are any spaces on the sessions you would like your child to attend. Please note that it may not always be possible to offer these sessions as it depends on adequate staff ratios for each session. (In the case of emergency childcare being needed please phone staff to see if a place is available for your child).

We are now also offering Visitor sessions to children who do not regularly attend Pre-school, for a charge of £14 per session. Please help us spread the word! The same conditions apply as for Short Notice sessions.’

For more details please contact us at the details above.

Funding – Free Early Education Places & Free 15 Hours for all 3 and 4 Year Olds

Free Early Education Places

Your 2 year-old child may qualify for a free early years place if:

Your home address is in Nottinghamshire , and they are classed as a “Looked After Child”

(a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services function. The term “Looked After child” would include a child who was previously “Looked After” but immediately thereafter became subject to an adoption, resident or special guardianship order)

or you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your yearly income does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)

You can apply when your child becomes 2 years old. if they are 2 between:

  • 1st September and 31st December – apply between September and December, eligible from January
  • 1st Januray and 31st March – apply between January and March, eligible from April
  • 1st April and 31st August – apply between April and August, eligible from September

For furher information, please contact 0300 500 80 80, email or visit

Free 15 Hours for all 3 and 4 Year Olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early learning and care over 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).

Children are eligible during the term following their third birthday.

  • 1st September and 31st December –  eligible from the start of the Spring Term
  • 1st Januray and 31st March –  eligible from the start of the Summer Term
  • 1st April and 31st August –  eligible from the start of the Autumn Term

You do not have to use all 5 sessions with the same provider; you may split your sessions between 2 providers if there are places available, as long as all providers are informed.

Click here for further details

30 Hours Funding

From September 2017, the free hours for 3-4 year olds will be extended to 30 hours for working parents. You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).

If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. You can’t claim the additional hours if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more. (see Notts County Council Website for more information).

Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.

National data and research tells us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us.

We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.

It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school-age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.

Therefore we ask that ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS fill in this form. This will allow us to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium.