The term after your child’s third birthday he/she is entitled to 15 hours free nursery education and for some, an extended 15 hour entitlement.

All children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education (term time only), which can be accessed:

9.00 a.m. – 12 noon Monday to Friday


1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Some children will be entitled to 30 hours of free nursery education (term time only).  This can be accessed:

  • Monday to Friday between 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon and 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Parents/carers can collect their child at 12 noon for the lunch hour or can pay for the lunch-time session between 12 noon and 1.00 p.m., which includes food and care.

For children who have places allocated for 30 hours free entitlement during term time only, the Nursery School will claim the full funding whether or not the child attends for all of the hours.

We are also offering an Option place of 22 hours per week over 50 weeks:

Monday and Tuesday between 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; Wednesday between 12.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Option 1).


 Wednesday 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Option 2).

Parents/carers would need to pay food costs for three days per week to access these options.

The remaining 40 hours can be booked in advance during the School Holiday period on Wednesdays to make up a full day.

Please see Admissions Policy for additional information on patterns of attendance for children who are able to access an Extended 15 hour provision of Free Nursery Education.

After registering with their Keyworker at the start of their session, children are encouraged to make choices about where they invest their time, selecting activities inside or in the garden, moving freely between them.

The staff encourage, support and sustain children’s interests through sensitive interactions.

A healthy snack and drinks are available throughout the session.

Children are encouraged to maintain the learning environment by returning resources once they have finished with them.

Children join their Keyworkers for “group-time” half an hour before the end of the session.  During this time Keyworkers may:

  • tell stories
  • dance
  • play games
  • reflect on the session
  • sing
  • make plans for the next day

Parents/carers collect children from the Keyworker groups at the end of the sessions.