Sessions & Fees

We welcome children from their second birthday until they start school.

Opening Hours

Acorns Pre-school is open from 8.30am until 3pm Monday to Friday during term time.  Within our opening hours we offer flexible hours to meet the needs of parents while also ensuring the children are able to settle well in the Pre-school environment.


Our fees are £4.50 per hour for under 3’s and £4.20 per hour for over 3’s.  Fees are charged termly in advance.  As an optional extra your child can have a cooked lunch prepared from locally sourced produce.  This is an additional charge of £2.40 per meal payable weekly.

Free Entitlement for Three and Four Year Olds

All 3 and 4 year old children are currently eligible for free Nursery Education for 15 hours a week, 38 weeks a year from the term after their third birthday.  The funding terms are set out nationally as follows:

  • Autumn term     :           1 September – 31 December
  • Spring term       :           1 January – 31 March
  • Summer term    :           1 April – 31 August

The 15 hours must be spread over a minimum of three days with a maximum of 12.5 hours in two days and a minimum of 2.5 hours.  Anything over and above 2.5 hours is flexible. The hours can be shared between two settings (three settings when a child has complex needs and a District Specialist Centre is one of them).   Funding is provided by Wiltshire Council direct to the Pre-school. Acorns are also able to offer 30 hours free childcare for those eligible.

Use the link to see what help you might be able to get with pre-school fees