Admissions, Session Times & Fees
Find out how to register and see the sessions we run
Parents can register their children with the Preschool as soon as they are 18 months old. In order to use the preschool every child must be registered even if they attend only occasionally. There is a registration fee of £5.00 for 2 year olds. Children who are 3 years old and who qualify for Free Entitlement Funding do not have to pay a registration fee as this is dealt with by Free Entitlement.
We have a set number of places per session for 2 year olds. There will never be more than six 2 year olds in any one session. The rest of the places in a session are for three or four year olds.
When a place comes available that place will be offered to the first child on the register who has had their 2nd or 3rd birthday, depending on whether it is a 2 year old place or a 3 year old place. Parents can refuse the place without losing their place in the register, but the place will be offered to the next child on the register and we cannot guarantee that another place will become available.
Details of any on-going medical condition and medication which the child is prescribed will be recorded on the Registration Form. Any special dietary needs will also be recorded on the Registration Form.
It is the intention of the Preschool to apply a fair, unbiased admissions policy. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, strictly taken from the waiting list in accordance with staff/pupil ratio.
We are open 5 days a week during school term times.
Children can attend for:
Breakfast Club 7.50 - 8.50
Morning session 9.00 - 12.00 (doors open 8.50)
Morning session plus lunch, if space available 9.00 - 1.00
Afternoon session 12.00 - 15.00
Morning and afternoon sessions 9.00 - 15.00
Tea Time Club 15.00 - 16.30/18.00 (Mon-Thu)
All day 07.50 - 18.00 (07.50 - 15.00 on Fridays)
Lunch can either be a packed lunch or a school dinner which incurs an additional £2.20 payable directly to the schools chef. Parents can select and pay for their child's meals daily, weekly or termly, online from the ISS website (www.feedinghungryminds.co.uk)
The meal selected will also be showing on the Sparklers computer.
Tea Time Club:
Tea Time Club will provide children with an opportunity to relax, share afternoon tea and should they choose to, take part in a variety of activities. There will be two members of staff at all times providing the same quality and standard of care the children experience throughout the main sessions in Sparklers.
Sparklers opens bright and early each day from 7.50am. The fee for this breakfast session (1hr) is £8 and includes breakfast. We look forward to seeing all the early risers!
2 - 3 Year old £20.50 per 3hr session, reduced to £19.50 for additional child
3 - 5 Year old £17.50 per 3hr session, reduced to £16.50 for additional child
Lunch Club Fee £5 (additional charge for 09.00 - 13.00 session)
Tea Time Club Fee £22 15.00 - 18.00 / £11 15.00 - 16.30 (including tea) (Government Early Years Funding can not be used)
Breakfast Club Fee £8 including breakfast (Government Early Years Funding can not be used)
2 Year olds
Some children may be eligible for up to 15 hours of funded early education from West Berkshire Council. Please see their website for further details and to apply, or contact West Berkshire's Family Information Service (FIS) for more details.
3 - 4 Year olds
Children are entitled to 15 hours free preschool education from the term after their 3rd birthday through the Government Early Years Entitlement. At Sparklers Preschool this is equivalent to 5 sessions (a session is 3 hours) and can be taken as a combination of mornings/afternoons or full days, whichever is most suited to you, up to a maximum of 2.5 days.
Some families are entitled to claim an additional 15 funded hours, providing 30 in total. Please access HMRC website to check eligibility for the extra funded hours. You can access the website here https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
For more information on funding, please see the Parents Handbook.
We accept Childcare Vouchers from the majority of providers for all of our sessions. Please call us should you need further clarification.