Pre School Information for Parents and Carers

We are delighted to be able to offer an 18 place pre school with sessions running every morning and afternoon during term time. We offer 30 hours for three and four year old children. The sessions are 9:00am to 12:00pm and 12:00pm to 3:00pm.


We are committed to providing high quality pre school education led by a highly skilled, qualified teacher. Working closely with parents and carers, our aim is to provide the very best platform to enable children to fulfil their potential in a secure and caring environment, immersed in the Christian values-based ethos and aims of Hertford Vale Church of England School. 


You are very welcome to come and meet the staff of our pre school and discuss your child’s needs with us.  This will help you get a sense of the ethos and learning environments that Hertford Vale has to offer. 


In order for your child to begin with us, please contact us to register your initial interest.


We look forward to working together in the coming years, to enable life in all its fullness for our children.


To make an appointment, simply telephone or e-mail the school office


Our telephone number is 01944 710273.


Our email address is


Funded Nursery Places

What parents need to know…

The UK Government have a number of funded childcare schemes to help, and there are some great options for parents.

Visit for more information on the support you could receive and don’t miss out on the help you could be entitled to.


Tax-free childcare

As we are Ofsted-registered, we’re able to accept tax-free payment for childcare at our Nurseries.

Tax-Free Childcare is a government initiative designed to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

You open an online account with the government (though the government website, GOV.UK) which you can pay into to cover the cost of childcare with a registered provider. For every 80p you (or someone else) pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p. This is equivalent of the tax most people pay – 20% – which is how the scheme got its name.

The government will top up the account with 20% of childcare costs up to a total of £10,000 – the equivalent of up to £2,000 support per child, per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).



In order to apply, you first have to check that you are eligible. You can do this by visiting

It’s important to consider whether Tax-Free Childcare is the right scheme for you and your family if you’re already claiming Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers. Every family is different and requires different forms of support. To find out which scheme serves you best, you can use this helpful calculator.

Once your application has been approved, you’ll be able to pay your chosen childcare provider (tax free) from your government account! You can log into your account here, and once the money is shown as ‘cleared funds’, you can make your payment. The payments should then show in your childcare provider’s account within 24 hours, depending on their bank.


15 Hours and 30 Hours funded childcare

In England, there are two government funded 15 hours free early education schemes that offer childcare for children aged two, three and four:

  • 15 hours funded childcare for eligible 2-year-olds
  • 15 hours funded childcare for all 3 and 4-year-olds

This comes to a total of 570 free hours per year. To apply to receive funded hours, contact the Nursery Manager who will talk you through the necessary steps. You can use the hours from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s second birthday.


All 3 and 4-year-olds in England currently receive 15 hours a week government funded early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare, which is up to 1,140 hours per year in total.

If eligible you will be entitled to access the 30 funded hours from the beginning of the term following your child’s 3rd birthday.

More detailed information, including how to find out whether you’re eligible, can be found via the Government website at:


Work Requirements

The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work. Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.



Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months. This equates to £120 a week for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week for each parent between 21 and 24 years old and £56 a week for apprentices in their first year.

You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.


Age of Children

Your child/children must be either 3 or 4 years old. You can apply for funding in the term prior to your child’s 3rd birthday but the funding will not apply until the term after they turn 3.

Parental Agreement Form


Below is our parental agreement form.  It is in both Word and PDF format for you to download.  If you prefer, paper copies are available in the office.