Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Fees and Funding

Nursery Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds  

Since September 2010 all 3 and 4 year olds have the right to an early years education paid for by the government, and these children qualify for 15 hours of free early education in the term following their third birthday.

 Date of third birthday 

Government funded preschool sessions start from:  

 1 April – 31 August

Term 1 - September

1 September – 31 December

Term 2 - January

 1 January – 31 March 

Term 3 - April


Funding for 2 Year Olds

Central Bedfordshire Council are currently offering funding for 2 year olds whose family circumstances meet certain criteria. If you think you might be eligible please contact them via email on customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk



Our current session rate is £12.00 per 3 hour session, morning (9.00am-12.00pm) or afternoon (12.20pm-3.20pm). For a full day (9.00am-3.20pm) it costs £25.00 and this includes lunchtime. It doesn’t include food. Children who are attending all day can either be provided with a healthy packed lunch from home or a cooked meal from the school kitchen. Hot meals are currently £2.00 per day (payable directly to the school kitchen). Fees are due for each term (payable in advance) split into equal monthly payments. This secures your child’s place and is not redeemable in the event of any absences. Invoices will be sent directly from the school office via Pre-School. We also accept childcare vouchers.