If you would like to register your child for our playgroup please complete our Registration Form. Children can be registered as soon as they reach their 2nd birthday. The normal starting age for the pre-school is 3 years but places may be offered, if available, to children aged 2 years 6 months. It is our priority to make our playgroup genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of our local community (primarily Maidenbower, Worth and Pound Hill). We arrange our waiting list in date of birth order. Once a child is eligible to attend our playgroup but remains on the waiting list, the length of time on the waiting list takes priority over their date of birth. If appropriate it may be necessary to consider when each child will start school. We welcome all children to take part in the life of our playgroup.
Please be aware the attendance at Maidenbower Pre-School Playgroup does not guarantee admission to a Maidenbower school. All schools in West Sussex have a separate admissions policy, which will be communicated to you in the year before your child is due to start school. Admission to our playgroup is an ongoing process; as places become available, the parent / carer of the next child meeting the waiting list criteria will be contacted. Places offered initially may not be the sessions you requested, however, it may be necessary to accept these places and then request other sessions. Acceptance of places must be confirmed in writing. See our Admissions Policy for more information.
For children not receiving free entitlement, the current fees are £21 per session* for under 3's, and £18 per session* for over 3's. Fees are payable half termly before the beginning of each half term. We accept payment by cash, cheque, internet banking and childcare vouchers. Please click here if you would like to download the Fees Policy.
Employers For Childcare Vouchers is the only Childcare Voucher provider that is a Social Enterprise, therefore 100% of its profits are reinvested into its charitable activities: advice and information services for parents on childcare and work-related issues. Visit their website or call freephone 0800 028 3008.
Currently, eligible 3-year-old children receive Government funding for our playgroup commencing the term after their 3rd birthday. Government funding is available for 38 weeks of the year, and a child's free entitlement is for 15 hours for each of the 38 weeks.
Maidenbower playgroup opens on average 38 weeks per year. Time or weeks that are over the free entitlement will be charged at the playgroup's current rates.
If your child's is eligible for funding, you will be given a form to complete and playgroup staff must see your child's original birth certificate or passport. From September 2017 we will be offering 21 hours free entitlement to eligible children. Terms and conditions apply.
If your child's is eligible for 2 year old funding, for more information see the west sussex county council website.
* Maidenbower playgroup reserves the right to change the prices at any time.