Fees & Funding


Explorers operates a service which is fair and competitively priced. We aim to offer a high quality, safe and stimulating environment that provides a service that is good value for money. Opening times and hours for the setting are:

Monday to Friday  8:45am – 3.15pm  (Term time only)

Sessions available are:-

  • Morning Session – 8:45am until 12:00pm
  • All Day – 8:45am until 3:15pm


Fees are calculated on a per session basis.  The charge is £4.25 per hour.



Universal 15 hours per week – see Section 1 below

Two year old funding – see Section 2 below

30 hours funding – see Section 3 below


Section 1 – Early Years Entitlement Funding (EYE) details:

We are in receipt of EYE funding for three and four year olds; this is available from the funded period after your child’s third birthday.

The total number of hours – 570

Parents can claim 15 hours per week over 3 or more days. This can be split between providers but must not exceed 15 hours in total.

Any additional hours will be charged at £4.25 per hour and will be classed as “top up”


Section 2 – 2 Year old Funding

We can accept 2 year old funding if it is applicable.  To claim the funding for 2 year olds the following information is needed: – Child’s legal documentation – birth certificate, passport (on registration, copy needs to be sent to the Entitlements Team) – The setting will need to see the letter held by the parent which states that their child is eligible for 2 year old funding.


Section 3 – 30 hours funding

With effect from September 2017, some children will be eligible for 30 hours per week of funded childcare.  This will be made up of the universal 15 hours as in section 1 and an additional 15 hours per week.  We will have some places available for children who are eligible for this scheme.  Please see link below to see if this may be applicable to your child.  If your child is eligible, please speak to the setting supervisor to discuss availability and the necessary paperwork.


Tax Free Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

We can accept childcare vouchers, please use our account P20757941 and quote your child’s name.

We can also accept tax free childcare payments.  Please email us on explorers.preschool@hotmail.co.uk to confirm the reference number the payment will be sent on.


Useful Links

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk – information on childcare help available

https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator – find out here if you are entitled to tax free childcare or 30 hours funding.

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk – find out more about the childcare help and how to apply