Little Meadow Group

The Little Peoples School 

Fees and Funding

We accept the Achieving 2 Year old Government Funding

We accept the universal 3 and 4 year old Government Funding

We accept the 30 hours extended funding but do not offer it ourselves

For those children not currently eligible for funding or exceed their funding we charge £4.00 an hour. This can be paid by cash, cheque or childcare vouchers.

We accept various childcare vouchers, please enquire with the office regarding your childcare voucher scheme.

Free for 3 & 4 Funding

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours free funded nursery education a week (570 hours in a year) until they start school. You are able to take these hours during the school term up to 38 weeks or flexibly during the year over 50 weeks (stretching the funding).


Here at Little Meadow we open for 38 weeks of the year, other childcare providers are open for 50 weeks.


Children must remain in the provision for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to be eligible for the funding. Please note that if you remove your child from the setting before the qualifying period, you will be liable for all costs incurred.


When is my child eligible?

You can start claiming free early education from the term following your child's 3rd birthday.



Birthday falls between

3 and 4 Year Old Funding Available

1st January and 31st March

April (Summer Term)

1st April and 31st August

September (Autumn Term)

1st September and 31st December

January (Spring Term)

If you exceed the 15 hours free funding allocation from the Government you will be charged for those hours. The hourly rate Little Meadow charges is £4.00.


If your child attends another setting you can split your funding and choose where to send it. Please contact the office for further details.


If your child is currently not entitled to the free 3 & 4 Funding entitlement, you will be invoiced every half term.


Achieving 2 Year Old Funding

Your 2 year old could be entitled to 15 hours a week free early learning childcare. You may be entitled to a free funded place if :

- You meet the eligibility criteria also used for free school meals

- Your family receive working tax credits and have annual gross earnings of no more that £16,190.

- Your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a current statement of Special Educational Needs

- Your child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance

- They are in the care of the Local Authority, have left care through special guardianship order, child arrangements order or an adoption order.


For more information please visit contact the Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or 0800 5420202. Alternatively you can visit their website www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk.





30 Hours Funding

From September 2017 the Government has announced the extended entitlement of an additional 15 hours for working parents.


To be eligible you and any partner must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner are on Maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you are unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. You cannot claim the extended entitlement if you or your partner expect to earn £100,000 or more. You will also need to renew your application every three months.


 To apply and find out more information please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or click on the link.