Fees and Funding

Session Fees

Our sessions are charged at £5.80 per hour

  • Morning Session (9:00am – 11:30am) – £14.50
  • Afternoon Session (12:30pm – 3.00pm)  – £14.50
  • Full Day Session (9:00am – 3:00pm, children must bring their own packed lunch) – £34.80
  • Lunch Club (11:30am – 12:30pm, this is an add-on session to a morning or afternoon) – £5.80 plus your morning or afternoon session fee

The government will fund 15 hours per week for any child, starting from the term after their 3rd birthday. Any sessions taken after these hours will be charged at the rates above. Please see the FAQ document issued by the council by clicking the link below.
FAQ Early Education Places

Depending on your family circumstances, there is also government funding available for some children from the age of two.  More information about West Berkshire funding can be found by clicking the link below.
Early Years Funding for 2 Year Olds

Further guidance on applying for help with childcare costs can be found by clicking the link below.
Help paying for childcare

Other fees
Healthy snack contribution is 40p per session, providing a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable options.
Cleaning and Maintenance contribution is £5.00 per half term

Fees are invoiced half termly and we accept direct bank payment (preferred). Ladybirds also accept employer’s childcare vouchers.  Please ask a staff member for more information.

Fees are reviewed by the committee on a regular basis. Notice of half a term is given for any changes.


The eligibility checker is now available online for parents to find out if you are able to claim the additional 15 hours free childcare. The following extract comes from the guidance document issued to us from the government.

Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.

The eligibility criteria for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare are broadly aligned. For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility

Parents will be able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. HMRC will check parents’ eligibility for both schemes at the same time.

Parents will be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare and the extended entitlement through the digital childcare service.

Parents will not need to apply through the digital childcare service if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for three and four year olds.

Please follow this link for the declaration form:

30 Hours Childcare Eligibility Verification Declaration form

If you have any questions, please email: ladybirds.registrar@gmail.com



Current Term Dates

Current term:
Monday 2nd November
- Friday 18th December 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 21st December 2020 -
Monday 4th January 2021

Spring term:
Tuesday 5th January 2021
- Friday 12th February 2021

Dates for your diary

New events dates to be published soon