All children are entitled to the Universal Early Years Entitlement of 15 funded hours per week for 38 weeks per year. Acorns is open for 39 weeks (term time only) in order to coincide with local primary schools. Please note that full fees will be charged for the additional seven days. Funded hours are to be taken between our core hours of 9.30 and 3.30 only.


Please note that children become eligible for the Early Years Entitlement in the term after their third birthday, BANES terms start September, January and April. 

Parents may be entitled to claim extra hours through the Extended Entitlement for working parents if they work an equivalent of 16 hours or more per week at the national minimum wage, or if they earn below £100,000 per annum. For more information visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

ALL funded hours carry an additional charge. This covers a wide range of extras, including regular Forest School sessions led by a qualified Forest School practitioner, all snacks and drinks, breakfast, regular baking sessions, yoga sessions, consumables, craft supplies and resources.