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Early years entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

Every child is entitled to up to 15 hours per week of childcare funded by the council. This entitlement is available from the start of the first full term after the child’s third birthday. The hours may be split across 2 providers. For more information please take a look at our funded hours entitlement fact sheet on our Downloads page.

30 hours childcare

If both parents work, either employed or self-employed (or if you work and are a lone parent) and you each earn below £100,000 a year you may also qualify for an additional 15 hours of childcare per week, again funded by the council. You can find more information about this entitlement on Wiltshire Council website or the Childcare Choices site.

Early entitlement for 2 year olds

Some parents may meet the criteria to receive funded childcare for their 2 year old. Please visit the Wiltshire Council website for more information.

New 2 year old funding - April 2024

From April 2024, eligible working parents will be able to access 15 hours of funded childcare. We are pleased to confirm we will be accepting this funding.

Any funding you choose to use with us we will claim from Wiltshire County Council. 


If you are not entitled to any of the above or wish to pay for additional hours our fees are £5.57 per hour for children under 3 years old and £5.30 per hour for children age 3 and over. From 15th April 2024 our rates are increasing to £5.65 for over 3s and £6 for under 3s. 

If you wish to access our 'early bird drop off' at 8.30am there is a flat rate fee of £3 regardless of the age of your child.

Forest Rangers

If you choose the Rangers session there is an additional fee of £3 per week, payable regardless whether or not your child goes to the forest. This helps to cover the additional costs associated with running Rangers. This fee is not payable if we receive EYPP for your child, or if they were a funded 2-year-old with us.

Voluntary Session Donation

To help with the ongoing costs of our pre-school we have recently introduced a voluntary session donation of £1. A session is either a morning or afternoon, a full day is 2 sessions. We ask all parents to donate regardless of whether or not they are paying for childcare. We find that the funded rate from the Government is insufficient to cover our essential expenditure on staff, rent, insurance, equipment and resources and whilst we could increase our fees, we feel it would put an unfair burden on those parents who do pay.

Help with childcare costs - Tax-Free Childcare

Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year or £4,000 for disabled children.

Rub A Dub has signed up to this scheme  - click here to find us! Please do not search using ‘Derry Hill’ as the Government has us listed under Calne!

Methods of payment

We will issue an invoice usually within the first 2 weeks at the start of each term. We accept payment by cheque, electronic transfers as well as a range of childcare vouchers such as Edenred, Care4, and Computershare. If your provider is not on the list, please ask as it is normally fairly straight forward to set up receipt of vouchers from your chosen provider.

Wiltshire Council - Early Years and Childcare

Go to this site for lots of information about:

  • Early years entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

  • 30 hours of childcare

Childcare Choices

Go to this site for details about

  • 30 hours of childcare

  • Tax free childcare

Childcare Choices also has the links to apply for both of the above as well lots more information about help with childcare cost and not just for those with children under 5!

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