About Us, Times and Fees


Sowood Preschool employs a team of highly skilled and dedicated staff, managed by a volunteer trustee committee consisting of parents, carers and members of the community.

We are an Ofsted registered charitable organisation for children within the Early Years Foundation Stage aged from 2 years old to statutory school age. We are accessible to all children, we have a fantastic fully enclosed area available for outdoor play, a large hall, playroom and side room. We offer a hot school dinner and pudding each day or children can bring their own packed lunch.

Session times and Fees from September 2021 who are not in receipt of Early Education Funding or 2 Year Old Education are as follows:

Morning session    9.00am – 12noon                   £11.50

Afternoon session 12noon – 3.00pm                   £11.50

Hot Lunch                                                                 £3.00

We have snack time in the morning and afternoon sessions and kindly ask parents/carers to donate £1 per week to help keep our costs down.  This will be added to the termly invoices

Full Fees Policy is available to read below

Fees Policy from September 2021

Our provision for children’s development and learning is guided by Development Matters (2021)

Our provision reflects the four guiding themes and principles of the EYFS:

1.    A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.

2.     Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

3.    Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

4.    Learning and Development

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born.  The care and education offered by Pre-School helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.  The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:

Prime Areas

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • physical development
  • communication and language

Specific Areas

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Free early education for eligible two year olds:


Free early education for three and four year olds and Early Years Pupil Premium:



Tax-Free Childcare & 30 hours funded childcare


All three and four year olds are able to to take up high quality early education – benefiting their social, physical and mental development and helping to prepare them for school. Evidence shows that regular, good quality early education has lasting benefits for all children.  The 15 hours of free government funded early education for 38 weeks of the year applies until the child reaches compulsory school age (the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday).  The relevant dates are as follows:

  • Children born in the period 1st January to 31st March: the start of term beginning on or following 1st April following the child’s third birthday.
  • Children born in the period 1st April to 31st August: the start of term beginning on or following 1st September following the child’s third birthday.
  • Children born in the period 1st September to 31st December: the start of term beginning on or following 1st January following the child’s third birthday.

You may be entitled to extra help with the costs of early learning and childcare: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-tax-credits


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