Session days and times
Please note: Our ‘Lunch Club’ (11.30am-12.30pm) is booked separately.
Emmer Green Pre-School provides places for up to 48 children at a time aged between 2½ and 5 years of age. You can register your child on the waiting list as soon as you wish. We require a Registration Form to be completed for this to happen.
Please note that we have one intake each September which aligns with the one intake at primary schools. The earliest age we can take children is 2½ years at the September of their intake year. Our admissions policy can be found here.
To see what our parents say about us please click here.
Funding and fees
All three and four year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year through the Government and Reading Borough Council. This Free Early Years Entitlement (FEYE) funding can cover up to six 2.5hr sessions at our pre-school or can be split between Emmer Green Pre-School and other early year providers.
FEYE funding starts in the term following your child’s 3rd birthday and continues until your child reaches statutory school age (the term after your child’s 5th birthday).
Funding is also available for children aged 2 years old subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.
Please click on the relevant link below for further information:
- Free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds (GOV.UK website)
- Can I get free childcare or early education for my two year old? (Reading Borough Council website)
- How can I apply for two-year-old funding? (Reading Borough Council website)
Lunch Club – 1hr session from 11.30am – 12.30pm
We provide childcare during the hour break between morning and afternoon sessions in our ‘Lunch Club’. This can be used to bridge the gap between the sessions for those children attending pre-school for the whole day or can be tagged onto a morning or an afternoon session, giving you more flexibility and your child the chance to experience lunch time with their peers even if they are not attending the whole day. It’s useful preparation for ‘lunch hour’ at school and is also a great opportunity for your child to increase their circle of friends in this setting. Lunch club sessions are to be arranged and fee payment made at the beginning of each half term*.
Late collection – at the end of a session parents/carers have 15 minutes to collect their child. After this time, a fee will be levied to cover the time for 2 members of staff up to 1 hour. Over this time we will call on emergency contact numbers. After an hour, we are duty bound to inform Social Services who will take over the care of the said child/charge.
The majority of our funding comes from the government, however, like all state funded pre-schools, the money we receive for free places from the local council sadly does not cover running costs. We therefore kindly request voluntary contributions for those parents whose children are fully funded which helps fill the funding gap to ensure we maintain our high level of childcare. The money is put towards the cost of day-to-day resources including play equipment, craft materials, an excellent range of activities like cooking and gardening and, where required, additional staffing and training.
We suggest a half-term voluntary contribution of:
- £5 for children attending 2-3 sessions per week
- £10 for those attending 4-5 sessions per week and
- £15 for those attending 6 sessions or more per week
*Our fees are reviewed annually and are payable each half term in advance. We do not offer any refunds for absences due to sickness or holidays. In cases of prolonged absence, parents should consult the committee about fee payment. Each child’s attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees and/or local government funding.