Nursery Education Funding

There are three funding schemes to pay for childcare and education.
2 year old funding
This is for children / families with certain eligibility criteria. See
15 hours Universal offer
This is available for all 3 and 4 year olds (the term after their 3rd birthday).
30 hours (Additional 15 hours)
This is for 3 and 4 year olds in families where both parents are working and each parent earns between £115 a week to £100,000 a year. For more details see:

The Lighthouse offers funded hours from 10am to 4pm, term time only. We offer one fully funded place; on a first come first served basis, to existing Lighthouse parents first, for each of the offers. These do need to be booked a term in advance. Other parents are able to access the funding but will pay for additional services.

Childcare Vouchers

The Lighthouse accepts childcare vouchers, the government scheme to save you Tax and National Insurance contributions. We are registered with Busy Bees, Kids Unlimited / Virtual Vouchers, Edenred, Care4, and others. Open to new applicants until April 2018.

Tax Free Childcare

New scheme from April 2017. It is for working families, included self-employed, in the UK, with children under 12 (under 17 if disabled). For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. Up to £2000 per child per year. See: for more details.

Fees 2023-2024

Number of Sessions Morning Sessions
09.00 - 12.15
Full Days (short)
09.00 - 4.00
Extended Day
08.30 - 5.00
At least two £35 per session £64.00 per session £70.00 per session

Fees are to be paid on or before the first day of each term or holiday period. Fees are reviewed annually, notice of which is given in April before the increase in September. There are no reductions for bank holidays, child holidays or sickness. We are flexible where possible but we cannot swap any prepaid or booked sessions.

One term's notice in writing is required (ie on or before the first day of the final term) or a forfeit of a term's fees must be paid.