Charges and Pricing Policy

  • Fees are payable within the first two weeks of each half term.  Each booked session of the half term must be paid for regardless of sickness or holidays as staffing levels are fixed based on the number of sessions taken.
  • At the end of the second week if payment has not been made, the parent/guardian will be sent a reminder letter. A second letter will be sent after a further week if payment has still not been made.  If after 4 weeks, no attempt has been made to amend the situation, the parent/carer will be asked not to bring the child to Pre-School until the outstanding fees have been paid. The child’s Pre-School place will continue to be held for them for a further 2 weeks. Fees continue to be payable when your child is absent from Pre-School - this includes family holidays and sickness.
  • Fifteen/thirty hours per week are funded by Durham County Council.  Three year olds from the term following their third birthday and all four year olds are eligible to receive these places. The Manager will talk to you about this in the term before your child is eligible.
  • If you are having difficulty with payment, you may be able to receive help with the Pre-School fees, please speak in confidence to either the Manager or Deputy Manager for more information. Childcare tax allowances are available to most parents – see Inland Revenue website -
  • If you decide to withdraw your child from Pre-School you are required to give one month's notice.



  • Please contact the pre school for infromation regarding our current price structure.
  • If your child is three or four years old and eligible for the government funding of fifteen/thirty hours per week it will be deducted automatically from your bill.
  • From Sept 2017, 30 funded hours has been introduced for working parents.  To find out if you are eligible go to
  • An additional charge is made for snack.
  • The Committee will review fees on an annual basis and parents will be given notice of any changes.
  • There are no reductions for having more than one child at Pre-School or for attending all sessions



Lunch Prices

Dinner money should be paid by BACS payment, cash or cheque (cheques payable to Bowes Pre-school) and sent into Pre-school in an envelope with the child’s name and ‘Dinner Money’ clearly written on the front. It can be paid weekly, each term or each half-term.  Please see Nicky Alderson for details.


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