Funding & Session Information

Regardless of invoicing or funding, children may attend Pippins for a maximum of 24 hours per week. This equals 4 full days, or 8 sessions. Of those hours, 21 (7 sessions) can be on a funded basis. If you would like your child to attend for the full 24 hours, at least one session must be on an invoiced basis. This is to ensure as many children as possible are able to access our sessions.

Our Fees

£17.00 invoiced session (£5.67 per hour)

£18.00 extra session (outside of your child’s regular weekly hours)

£2.50 special activity session supplement

£25 initial administration fee (paid when your child first registers at Pippins)

£10 per term suggested snack fee for children who attend morning sessions


All children receive funding for 15 hours per week (5 sessions at Pippins) the school term after they turn three years old. This is Early Years Universal Funding. Some children may be eligible for more than 15 hours of funding, this is called Extended Entitlement, or 30 hours funding (because that’s the maximum number of funded hours that the government allows per week).

Please see the table below to help you determine when your child will be eligible for funding, based on when their birthday falls during the year.

Your Child’s Birthday Term When Funding Begins
1 Sept – 31 Dec Spring term (January start)
1 Jan – 31 Mar Summer term (April start)
1 Apr – 31 August Autumn term (September start)

It is also worth noting that some children may be eligible for funding before they turn three, called two-year old funding.

To find out what sort of funding your child may be entitled to, please visit

At Pippins, you can claim up to a maximum of 21 hours of funding per week. This is 3.5 days, or 7 sessions, at Pippins. This funding can be used for any available sessions, without restrictions. Funding is used in term-time only (38 weeks per year). Pippins is not open outside of term time. You may split your funded hours between multiple settings: please do let us know if you plan to do this, as it affects how much we can claim.

Special Activity Sessions

Pippins offers 4 special activity sessions throughout the week. These include Forest School, Music, and Sports. Please see below for a timetable of when these sessions run, or click on the links to learn more about what these sessions entail.

Due to the extra costs involved in providing these sessions, we ask for a supplement of £2.50 per special activity session, regardless of whether your child is attending on a funded or invoiced basis. However, no parent/carer should be concerned about this additional fee if it would cause a hardship for your family. If that is the case, please come speak to us.

Monday AM: Sports session run by JS Sports & Education

Tuesday PM: Forest School session run by a qualified Forest School leader

Wednesday PM: Music session run by Jackie from Musical Bumps

Thursday AM: Forest School session run by a qualified Forest School leader