Bishop Aldhelm's CE

Primary School

Loved by God; United in Learning

Pre-school Timings & Costs

Opening Times:

All children are entitled to 15 funded hours from the start of the term after their third birthday. Each of our sessions last for 3 hours and the 15 hours can be used across either 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions, subject to availability. Children with 30 hour funding attend 5 full days per week. As we are a pre-school with a defined program of learning our expectation is that children attend 5 days per week however, when they first start we are aware that some children may need to build up to this over the first term.

Your child is welcome to attend the pre-school for more than 15 hours per week and extra sessions are charged at £15.00 per session, subject to availability.

Payment is made via our online payment system - My Child At School (MCAS)

The pre-school is open 39 weeks a year (excluding INSET days), Monday to Friday.

Session times are as follows…

8.30am - 11.30am (15 Hours Universal Funded Hours)

12.30pm - 3.30pm (15 Hours Universal Funded Hours)

9am - 3pm (30 Hours Extended & Universal Funded Hours)

Children can attend either 5 full days or 5 half days (all mornings or all afternoons) each week. 

To check to see if you can claim 30 hours free childcare per week, click here

Additional hours can be purchased at the following rates (payable in advance, subject to availability)…

Whole Morning Session - 8:30 - 11:30 (if not funded) - £15.00

Whole Afternoon  Session - 12:30 - 3:30 (if not funded) - £15.00

Lunch Hour (if not funded) 11.30am - 12.30pm - £5.00

Outside of these hours, parents will be able to access the schools wrap around care (Lookout Club) subject to availability.

7.45am - 8.45am - Breakfast Club 

3.30pm - 5.15pm - After School 

 See our page for full details. Please note Pre-school children are not able to stay in afterschool club after 5:15pm.

Tax-Free Childcare

Details of the government Tax-Free Childcare scheme to help with the cost of childcare is available on their website here.

Holiday cover – Kidscape

Kidscape holiday clubs run every school holiday for children aged 3 to 12. The activity day runs from 7.30 am to 6.00pm, with the option to book shorter day.

The focus for Kidscape holiday club is about having as much FUN as possible. There is a varied programme of activities on offer such as Kick-Boxing, Cooking, Clay Moulding, Painting, Water Play, Messy Play, Trips and excursions, and the huge variety of activities on offer should suit both the sporty and more creative child.

Their programme of activity changes daily, even throughout the long summer holiday, and with a team of highly qualified and suitably trained staff at each venue, they are fully confident your child will always have a time to remember at Kidscape holiday club.

Their motto during the holiday club is – the children will go home dirty and tired