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Children aged 3 and over are eligible to receive government funding to cover the fees for 15 hours a week. This includes any sessions that are taken at other nurseries or Pre-Schools. Children are able to access their free sessions as follows:-

A child born in the period Will become eligible for free sessions
1 April – 31 August 1 September following child’s third birthday
1 September – 31 December 1 January following child’s third birthday
1 January – 31 March 1 April following child’s third birthday

Children may be entitled to 30 funded hours subject to parents meeting the relevant eligibility criteria. Full details can be found via the Childcare Choices website at 30 hour places are subject to availability and, as with all sessions, offered on a first come, first served basis.

Children aged 2 may also be entitled to funding if you are in receipt of income support or income-based job seeker’s allowance. Please ask for a leaflet containing full details if you think it may apply.

We are registered to accept childcare vouchers from many companies including Computershare, Edenred, Co-op, Fideliti, Care-4, Kiddivouchers and Salary Exchange. We are happy to accept other vouchers and for more information please contact us at We are also registered to accept payment via the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme.


Children can start attending Pirton Pre-School at the beginning of term (September, January and April) once they have turned 2 years of age, subject to availability. We would advise that you complete and return a registration form at least 18 months before you wish your child to start pre-school. Places in our sessions are offered on a strict first come, first served basis.

In the event of more applications than places available, we have a formal admissions policy that lists the decision criteria. This is available for all parents to view upon request.

Parents are always welcome to make a preliminary visit to see Pre-School in action. To help children settle into the Pre-School routines, we require children to attend a minimum of 2 sessions a week and at least 2 different days. Of course, children can attend as many sessions as you wish, subject to availability.

As part of the Pre-School’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs or disabilities which a child may have.

The Pre-School works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Needs Code of Practice (2014). The Pre-School’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinators are Karen Illsley and Karen Roberts.

Pirton Pre-School, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3PS