Free Early Education


FREE EARLY EDUCATION (FEE): The following information details how your child can access their FEE hours at Lyminge Pre-School.

FREE EARLY EDUCATION and ADDITIONAL FEES: All children become eligible for Free Early Education the term after they become 3. Some 2 year olds may also be eligible for funding.  Parents/carers are asked to check with the manager to find out if their child qualifies or access the following link to apply online:

A child is eligible for FEE at the start of the term after their second (if eligible), or third birthday in line with the Department for Education table below:



1st April and 31st August

Start of term 1, in September, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

1st September and 31st December

Start of term 3, in January, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

1st January and 31st March

Start of term 5, in April, following their 2nd/3rd birthday



Each child will be funded to a maximum of 30 hours per week. Funded hours are between 9am and 3pm each day, term time only.  No session is to be longer than 6 hours per day or shorter than 2.5 hours per day for 38 weeks per year.


At Lyminge Pre-School the FEE hours are offered flexibly adhering to the above guidelines. We will contact you prior to the start of the term to confirm how many FEE hours you wish to utilise and ask you to confirm by signing a parental declaration form. The claim process is undertaken by the pre-school and the FEE sessions provided will be clearly shown on your invoice.


Children attending extra days/sessions in addition to their FEE will be charged at our current rate of £5.50p/h. (Please see table below.) 

You will be invoiced in the usual way showing how many FEE hours your child is receiving in that period and what the additional charges are. Any additional services provided will be charged for and will not be covered by FEE e.g. outings.


Full Day 9am-3pm


Morning Session 9am-12pm


Morning Session 9am-1pm


Afternoon Session 12pm-3pm


Hourly Rate (extended sessions)


Breakfast Meal (charged in addition to the session fee for children starting at 8am or 8:30am)



Please note that the FEE can be split between 2 providers up to a total of 30 hours.

For advice on any other funding please see the link below.