Government funding

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to claim a free part-time early years place from the start of the term following their third birthday. Through the Government and Reading Borough Council, 15 hours per week of funding is available for 38 weeks of the year and can be split between St Andrew’s Pre-school and another early years provider.

An additional 15 hours funding (known as extended funding) is also available to eligible families. For further details, including information on the eligibility criteria, please visit

Some 2 year old children may be entitled to claim a funded place subject to certain eligibility criteria, which must be authorised by Reading Borough Council. Please click on the links below for further information.

Please be aware that St Andrew’s Pre-school is open for 22 hours per week, however you can use your total funding allowance across a number of childcare settings, including childminders.


Pre-school fees

Invoices are e-mailed to our families 3 times a year, usually within the first 3 weeks of each term, with payment being required within 10 days of the invoice being issued. Please note that we do accept Childcare Vouchers and tax-free childcare.

Children aged 3 years plus

For every day that your child attends our Pre-school, families are required to pay for the first 30 minutes of each day. This is not covered by Government Funding.

For example, if your child attends Pre-school 4 days per week (totalling 15 hours), you will be able to claim 13 hours Government funding per week and the remaining 2 hours will be charged to you by Pre-school.

Please click on this link to open Sessions and fees for children 3 and 4 year olds.

Children under the age of 3

For families with children joining Pre-school under the age of 3 years, who do not meet the 2 year old funding criteria (as detailed earlier), Government funding is not available and you will be charged for all sessions attended.

Please click on this link to open Sessions and fees for under 3 year olds.

Voluntary Contribution
Every term we request a voluntary contribution from every family; a suggested amount of £40.00. We use these contributions alongside our fundraising to support the operation of our Pre-school, which is unfortunately not met via funding and fees alone. It is entirely voluntary and there is no obligation to make a contribution, however any amount is gratefully received.