Our hourly rate from September 2024 will be £7 per hour for 3-4 year olds or £7.50 per hour for 2 year olds. We also ask for 40p per morning (optional) to go towards snacks. 

Fees are payable each half term and parents/carers will be invoiced at the start of the half term. Fees can be paid through online banking (bank details are given on each invoice) or by cheque. We currently accept payment via the government Tax Free Childcare Scheme*. Please contact our Administrator for further details.

Failure to pay fees or regular late payments may result in your child losing their place at playgroup. The Committee will try to accommodate the financial circumstances of all families and can arrange a flexible payment plan if necessary. Please speak to our Administrator, or contact the Treasurer on the Committee, all details will be in the strictest confidence.


Fees are reviewed yearly so are subject to change.

  • Fees calculated in sessions.

        - Morning Session: 3 hours

        - Morning & Lunchtime: 4 hours 

        - All day: 5.5 hours


  • 40p per morning snack charge requested.
  • £20 Registration Fee (unless fully funded on starting).


We offer places to children aged 2 years to school age.


Our opening hours are 9am-2.30pm, Monday to Friday, during term time only.  Parents/Carers can choose from a morning only session (9am-12pm), or with lunchtime (9am-1pm), or a full day of childcare (9am-2.30pm). Once fully settled at the playgroup a child may also be able to attend lunchtime/afternoon sessions only.


Places tend to fill quickly, and we're already taking applications for next few academic years, so we advise that you let us know that you would like to go on our waiting list as soon as possible. We are unable to guarantee places or sessions until the term prior to the next academic year, when we will accomodate as many requests as possible.

We accept children who qualify for Universal '15 hours', (to be taken over three days, including lunchtimes) and extended '30' hours funding up to the 27.5 hours a week we are open. We also accept children who receive 2 year old funding (click here for the council web page on qualification). Families apply directly for both.


Our Funding page also has lots of information and website links.

3-4 year olds: £7 p/hour  

2 year olds: £7.50 p/hour

From September 2024

Should you wish to arrange a visit to Chestnut Playgroup and have the opportunity to meet our staff and ask any questions, please contact our Pre-school Leader via phone 07817 069696 or email:, or email our Administrator via the contact us page.

Arranging A Visit

We are currently allocating places for next academic year (September 2024 - July 2025) for a September start, and taking applications for starts later in the year, and for future academic years


If you would like your child to start later in the acadmic year, you will be placed on the waiting list and a place may be given nearer the time, if we have the availability. 

Please contact us as soon as possible to apply/be placed on the waiting list, via our  Administrator, and we will send you a Registration form/link. Alternatively you can download the Registration Form above and returning it us by email or post. 

* To find out if you qualify for the Tax Free Childcare scheme or other different types of funding please visit . Families must apply directly. 


* Information on help with childcare costs with Universal Credit