How to Join Ladybirds Pre-School
The Ladybirds Pre-school has an admissions policy, which aims to provide equal opportunities for all children to access our service wherever possible. A detailed policy is available for all parents to read within our policy folder, accessible at the pre-school. The admission procedure follows criteria designed to ensure that children's needs are prioritized when a waiting list is in place.
At times of high demand we run a waiting list of families would like to join us in the near future. Children on the waiting list are prioritised through our admissions procedure.
Prospective parents and children are always welcome to come and visit the setting. Visits can be arranged by contacting the manager on 01227-722955 during opening hours or email.
The fees are £4.50 per hour payable half-termly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent if your child has to be absent over a long period of time, talk to Carol Childs who is our manager. For your child to keep her/his place at our setting, you must pay the fees. We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.
Free Early Education
What is Free Early Education?
Your child is entitled to a maximum of 570 hours Free Early Education per year. This can be taken in a pattern of up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year. This can be taken over a minimum of 3 days with no session being shorter than 3 hours per day. It can be taken between the hours of 8.30am and 3pm. Currently in Kent the 38 weeks are in line with Kent County Council (KCC) school term dates.
For more information on Free Early Education including important eligibility criteria -
When your child has been offered a place with us, we will liaise with you to agree on available sessions. As Parents we ask you to complete a Registration Form, which will secure your child's place. The registration and application to join forms can be downloaded below.