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Sessions & Fees


The length of the Orchard’s school day is similar to that of local Primary School. Typically, younger children start with just a few sessions each week and work up to longer hours when they feel ready. “Preparing for School” sessions are for children in the year before their transition to Primary School.

Change Sessions

Please Click Here to increase or reduce sessions (please note- a half term's notice is required to reduce sessions)

Term Dates 2023/2024

Summer Term 2024

Monday 15th April - back to school
Monday 6th May (Public holiday)- CLOSED
Thursday 23rd May - break up for half term
Monday 3rd June - back to school
Wednesday 24th July - Break up for Summer Holidays at 12.00 noon finish

Term Dates 2024/2025

Autumn Term 2024

Tuesday 3rd of September - back to school
Friday 25th October - break up for half term
Monday 4th November - back to school
Friday 20th December - break up for the Christmas holidays at 12.00pm

Spring Term 2025

Tuesday 7th January - back to school
Friday 14th February - break up for half term
Monday 24th February - back to school
Friday 4th April - break up for the Easter Holidays at 12.00pm

Summer Term 2025

Tuesday 22nd April - back to school
Monday 5th May (Public holiday)- CLOSED
Friday 23rd May - break up for half term
Monday 2nd June - back to school
Friday 18th July - Break up for Summer Holidays at 12.00 noon finish


Summer Term (after Easter holidays) 2024 onwards

Regular sessions
Morning session: £18.50 (9am to 12 noon)
Lunch club: £6.10 (12 noon to 1pm)
Afternoon session: £18.50 (12 noon to 2.45pm - includes lunch club)

Breakfast club
£4.00 per session including a healthy breakfast when booked in advance for the forthcoming half term.

Ad hoc sessions available if requested before 2.30 pm the previous working day at £4.50 per session. 

Breakfast club cannot be included in your funded hours

This year we are bringing our annual September fees review forward to cover the increase in wages for our wonderful staff.
We endeavour to give one half term's notice of any increase in fees.


Free early education funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free government funded childcare per week at the Orchard over 38 weeks of the year. This is offered flexibly and applies until they reaches compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). A child becomes eligible for this funding from the term after they turn 3.

Children with a valid 30 hours funding code can to use this at The Orchard. We are currently open 27 hours per week and as such this will be the maximum claimable hours within our setting.

Parents can check eligibility and apply for a code for 2 year old funded hours and 30 hours free childcare through the childcare choices website.

Please just ask if you need further information.



Tax- Free Childcare and Childcare vouchers

You can use Tax-Free Childcare payments at The Orchard.

Tax-Free Childcare payments can be used at the same time as claiming your 15 or 30 hours childcare support.

You can apply for Tax-Free Childcare on the government website


We also participate in a number of different childcare voucher schemes for working parents.




“The pre-school provides a colourful, stimulating and motivating learning environment for children to learn and develop.” “Children benefit greatly from the close attention they receive from staff.”

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