We admit children from 2 years of age and recommend at least a couple of sessions a week to begin with, to enable your child to ease into the new routine. We work hard to be flexible with our settling sessions when children start at Pre-school, some children are happy to be left on their own; others need the reassurance of a parent for a short time to settle them. Every child is different, and we will work with you to ensure your child has a good start at Pre-school.


We are registered to admit the new Government funded 2-year-old children. Parents should have already completed the online form and received a code before a child can access a place. Alternatively, parents can contact Central Bedfordshire council or speak to a member of staff.


The Government provides 15 hours free funding for every child following their third birthday and under certain parent criteria they also offer 30 hours free funding.


Your child’s third birthday must fall on or before the following dates to qualify for the subsidised places – 31st December for the Spring term, 31st March for the Summer term and 31st August for the Autumn term.


You can find out more information about all available funding on the Government’s Childcare Choices website. Here you can find a list of eligibility criteria. Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff for help or support in accessing this information.

Ickwell Pre-school