Opening Times and Fees


We open for 38 weeks each year, in line with local primary school terms. We also run Holiday playschemes.

We are open 5 days each week from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Hours are flexible.

Government Funding and Fee Information

Government funding is available to all 3 year olds, from the fixed date following their third birthday, as follows:

Date of third birthday Government funding starts
1 April to 31 August Term 1 – September
1 September to 31 December Term 3 – January
1 January to 31 March Term 5 – April

For children who are entitled to the 15 or 30 hours funding these hours can be taken within the following constraints:
  • A minimum of 3 hours per day
  • A maximum of 8 hours per day, flexible hours
  • Complete hours only
  • Funded hours cannot be carried forward to another week or used for playschemes
  • Additional hours will be charged at an hourly rate of £5

Non-funded 2 and 3 year olds

Introductory afternoons are available for 2 and 3 years olds from 1.00 to 3.00. The cost for these 2 hours is £11.  Additional hours in line with those listed above may be available. The hourly rate for any 2 year old or unfunded 3 year old who attends the setting for more than 2 hours a day is £5.50.

We are in receipt of early years funding for 2 year olds, please speak to the manager about the criteria for this entitlement.

Fees are payable half-termly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent for a short period of time. If you plan to be away for a considerable time or your child is ill for a long time please let the manager know.

Certain employers offer voucher schemes, which Rainbow Pre-school will accept. Please speak to the manager to arrange this method of payment.

You can also pay directly into our Rainbow account.


New hourly rate as from September 2019 £5 per hour 3 to 9 year olds.

Fees and times are renewed annually.