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9tarlings pre-school runs the following sessions and our charges are £5.00 per hour for 3 & 4 year olds and £5.50 per hour for 2 years olds from September 2019. (reviewed each September)






Fees continue to be payable if a child is absent, in cases of prolonged absence parents should contact the Manager about payment.  Each child's attendance at the group is conditional upon payment of any necessary fees and or completion of the Early Years Grant Forms.

For any child not receiving the Early Years Grant a deposit of two (2) weeks fees are required on acceptance of a place at Starlings pre-school.  A child’s place can be re-allocated if fees are overdue by two (2) weeks.  The Early Years Grant offers 570 hours total per child's eligible birthday year.  No more than fifteen (15) hours free per week between two Early Years Education approved establishments.  Late collection of a/your child will incur a charge.  The pre-school closes for 5 in-house training days per year.

Early Years Education (EYE) Grant

All children in Hampshire are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare and education per week for 38 weeks of the year, commencing the term after their third birthday. This grant is provided because early learning gives children the best start in life. Through learning and playing with other children in a safe and structured environment, they'll have a head start when they begin school.

All settings receiving government funding to provide free early education to three to five year olds must:

  • be included in the local authority Directory of Providers;
  • help children progress towards the 'Early Training Goals' set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage;
  • be inspected by Ofsted.

Starlings preschool offers education and care for children below school age and over the age of 2 years old.  Children are eligible to claim 15 hours free preschool hours under the EYE Grant Scheme from the term after there third birthday.  Some 3 and 4 year olds will qualify for  30 hours free and /or tax free childcare from September 2017.  More information can be found at

Some 2 year old children are eligible for 15 hours free preschool hours under the EYE Grant Scheme under the two year offer.   More information can be obtained from the Manager or: 

We accept children over 2 years who have qualified for 2 year EYE Grant if spaces are available.

Starlings Preschool excepts 30 hour grant children however we do not offer shared care with other professional establishments  for example 24 hours with us and 6 hours with a childminder.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

From April 2015 three and four year old children attending Starlings pre-school may be eligible to receive Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). We could claim up to an additional £302 per year for each child to spend on supporting their development, learning and care. National data and research shows that children who meet the EYPP criteria need to get the most from their early years education, and this extra funding will help these children in receiving the best start they can. You will receive a form to complete when your child starts, if you meet the criteria we can claim the additional funding straight away. More information can be obtained from the Manager or:


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