Term Dates

Autumn Term
Staff Training: 3rd September and 4th September 2018
Autumn term part 1: 5th September - 19th October 2018
Half Term:22nd October - 26th October 2018
Autumn term part 2: 29th October - 21st December 2018
Christmas Holidays: 24th December - 4th January 2019
Spring Term
Staff Training:7th January 2019
Spring term part 1:8th January - 15th February 2019
Half Term:18th February - 22nd February 2019
Spring term part 2:25th February - 5th April 2019
Easter Holiday:8th April - 22nd April 2019
Summer Term
Staff Training:23rd April 2019
Summer term part 1: 24th April 2019- 24th May 2019
Half Term: 27th May - 31st May 2019
Summer terml part 2: 3rd June - 18th July 2019
Staff Training: 19th July 2019
Summer break: 22nd July - 30th August 2019

Funded Childcare

Currently, all parents of three- and four-year-old children are entitled to a universal offer of 15 hours’ funded childcare per week, an offer also extended to the most disadvantaged two-year-olds. As of September 2017, the government introduced a new scheme, known as 30 Hours Childcare, which will provide an additional 15 funded hours to working parents of three- and four-year-olds. Some parents could therefore be eligible for up to 30 hours of funded childcare per week.

To find out more, and to see whether you are eligible, visit the Childcare Choices website.


 0-2 years2-3 years3-5 Years
Full Time Weekly rate
(mon-fri 8.45am to 3.15)
Daily Rate
(8.45am to 3.15pm
Morning Session
(8.45am to 11.45am)
Afternoon Session
(12.15pm to 3.15pm)
After School Club
(per day) 3.15-6pm
Early Drop Off
(8.15am to 8.45am)

*Fees for two, three and four years olds who are entitled to funded 15 and 30 hour places will be calculated at £7 per hour for each hour over those funded by Government.  So, for example, the fees for a child who attends for 50 hours per week and has 15 funded hours would be 35 hours x £7 = £245 per week.  A child who is entitled to 30 funded hours and attends for 50 hours would cost £140 per week.  Please contact us for an accurate calculation of the cost of your child’s care needs.

Help With Childcare Costs

If you would find it difficult to pay the fees in full, there is a lot of help available to pay for childcare costs.  You can get up to 80% of your childcare costs paid for via working tax credit.  Use HMRC's calculator to find out what is available to you.  The calculator is here.

As Dalgarno is a self funding body, it is necessary that fees are charged when a child is absent due to sickness, holiday or for any other reasons. We do rely on regular payments of fees. Failure to pay will jeopardise your child’s placement at the pre-school. Arrears must not exceed two weeks all payments must be keep up-to-date.


Fees are payable monthly in advance.

No refund will be given for periods where the place is unfulfilled due to illness, holidays or pre-planned pre-school events. We are closed on bank holidays and for five training days per year to support our continuing professional development for the benefit of children and families; no refund is given for these closures.

Late payments incur a late payment fee of £30. In addition, daily interest will be charged on all outstanding amounts at the rate of 3% above the Bank of England base rate.


We currently have no deposit arrangements.


Penalty to late collection

Depending on circumstances, we reserve the right to charge parents for the additional hours worked. We give parents a grace period of five minutes of being late. However, if this lateness is a reoccurrence we charge parents £5 if you are more than 5 minutes late and £5 for every 15 minutes after that.