Times and Fees
Term times

Please contact us if you need our current term times.

Session Times

Playgroup is open Monday to Friday Term Time only, we offer a range of session times to meet the needs of families.

  • Morning Session:    09:00 –12:00
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30 – 15:30
  • All Day sessions     09:00 – 15:30

(Children attending all day require a packed lunch and incur a lunch club charge to cover staffing costs as this time is not included in children’s funded hours)

Children have the opportunity to extend their session to include the lunch club depending staff/child ratios and/or available space.


Session fees apply to children who start playgroup before they are entitled to government funding or would like additional hours over their funded hours (See below)

£13.00 Per Session. (Our fees will be increasing to £15 from 21 September 2021).

£3.00 Lunch club charge (this is charged for children attending all day, to cover the period between the morning and afternoon sessions, which is not included in the child’s funded hours)

Fees are payable on the day of each session or in advance to suit your needs either weekly, monthly or termly.

Please note if your child is absent due to sickness, holiday, appointments etc. payment for that session will still be required.

Government Funding:

St Mary’s playgroup is registered for the following govenement funding schemes:.

Universal funding for 3 to 4 year olds, entitling them to 15 hours of free childcare per week, once they meet the criteria. (Children are eligible for funding usually from the January, April or September after their third birthday).

Free for Two Funding is available for some 2 year olds if parents/carers meet the criteria. (Please ask for details) Eligible families are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week.

30 Hour Funding is available for some 3- 4 year olds if parents meet the criteria. (Please ask for details) Eligible families are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare. 

Tax-Free Childcare is available if parents meet the criteria. 

More information on help with childcare costs can be found at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

If you would like to discuss playgroup fees or funding options please contact the playgroup manager Jennifer Smith.