Term Dates

Academic Year:2023/2024
Autumn Term
Staff Training:4th & 5th September
Autumn term part 1: Wednesday 6th September - Friday 20th October
Half Term:Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October
Autumn term part 2: Monday 30th October - Thursday 21st December
Christmas Holidays: Friday 22nd December - Friday 5th January
Spring Term
Staff Training:Monday 8th January
Spring term part 1:Tuesday 9th January - Friday 9th February
Half Term:Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February
Spring term part 2:Monday 19th February - Thursday 28th March
Easter Holiday:Friday 29th March - Friday 12th April
Summer Term
Staff Training:Monday 15th April
Summer term part 1: Tuesday 16th April - Friday 24th May
May Bank Holiday:Monday 6th May
Half Term: Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May
Summer term part 2: Monday 3rd June - Wednesday 24th July

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.


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)
Early Drop Off
(8.15am to 8.45am)

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.