Poplar Pre-School (CIO)

Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0DE



If your child is not eligible for Early Years funding our fees are currently £16.50 per session (from September 2021). Children up until they receive their funding will able to to do two morning sessions, after becoming eligible for early years funding and subject to availability, children can stay all day (9am - 3pm) . Lunch will be incorporated into the afternoon session and children will need to bring in a packed lunch.

Fees are payable monthly in advance and will be invoiced accordingly. Fees continue to be payable in the event of the child being absent. We accept payment via various employee childcare voucher schemes.


The pre-school is registered to receive Early Years funding for eligible 3 and 4 year olds for up to 15 hours per week. A child becomes eligible for funding from the term following their 3rd birthday as follows:-

A child born between: Will be eligible for a free place for six terms from:
1st January and 31st March (inclusive). The start of the Summer term following their third birthday (after Easter break) until statutory school age.
1st April and 31st August (inclusive). The start of the Autumn term following their third birthday (after summer break) until statutory school age.
1st September and
31st December (inclusive).
 The start of the Spring term following their third birthday (after Christmas break) until statutory school age.

Our sessions are 3 hourly and lunch is incorporated into the afternoon session. You can access as much or as little of the free entitlement as you like (up to 15 hours) however, as we are a sessional pre-school, this must be within our operating hours.

You can access all of the 15 hours (without additional payment) by attending 5 x 3 hour sessions a week.

Some 2 year olds may also be eligible for funding under the Free for Two Scheme.

You may notice that you do not necessarily receive six free terms at pre-school. This is because the funding is until statutory school age, which is the term following the fifth birthday and in this area all children start in the Autumn term of the school year in which they will become five.

You will be sent a form by us to claim your funding when you are due to receive it.

Please also see our Fee Policy - Policies and Procedures.

If you have any questions please contact us.