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

30 hours free childcare

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).  If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.

Follow the link for information 30 hours childcare funding 


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


There is a website link here which will take you to the Government site with more information on helping with childcare costs.


Our current session rate for a 2 year old is £15.00 per 3 hour session, morning (9.00am-12.00pm) or afternoon (12.20pm-3.20pm). If your child attends for a full day (9.00am-3.20pm) the charge will be £33.45 which includes a hot meal and lunchtime cover. Fees for a 3 or 4 year old are £13.50 per 3 hour session. If your child attends for a full day the charge will be £30.45. You may choose to send your child with a packed lunch however the £3.45 charge will still be payable. 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.

Pre-School Finance Contract