We are currently taking applications for January 2021 and beyond. You can add your child to the list at any time.

Visiting the pre-school

If you would like to arrange a visit to the pre-school please contact the Pre-School Manager. We usually recommend that you visit the pre-school before you apply but in the current circumstances this is not possible. However, once the situation changes we will contact those on our waiting list who have not visited to arrange a suitable date.


How to apply for a place at the pre-school 

Cobham Community Pre-School accepts applications for children from the half-term after they are 2.5 to 4 years​ old. Children become eligible for government funded sessions (see below) from the term after they are 3years old.

In order to apply for a place, please contact us, or return a registration form to the preschool at any point after the birth of your child. 

You will then be contacted around 6-12 weeks before they are due to start check which if you would still like the place. You will be contacted by email so we advise adding [email protected] to your contacts.

Children generally start pre-school at the start of the autumn term (September), some places may be available at the start of the spring term (January), and occasionally we have spaces available to start in the summer term (April). Please contact the preschool if you wish to discuss the most suitable time for your child to start.


How we allocate places

If there are more applications than available places the following admissions criteria are used to allocate places. Places are allocated the term before children start so applications must be received at least one full term before you would like your child to start.

1)      Vicinity to the pre-school: Children who live within the parishes of Cobham and Sole Street, and Luddesdown are given first priority.

2)      Looked after children, including those who are adopted.

2)      Siblings: We then allocate places to children who havesiblings who currently attend or have​ previously attended the pre-school.

3)       All other applications received by the start of the term before they are due to start in order of application date.


We do not prioritise children who receive the Universal funding nor those who pay session charges.

For each criteria children who have been on the waiting list for the longest length of time will be given priority. 

There is no fee for registering/applying for a place and you will be informed by half way through the term before your child is due to start if you have been offered a place. When you accept the place you will be asked to pay a £50 refundable deposit.


Session availability

Subject to availability, we offer up to 6 sessions (15hrs) a week to each child in the year before they start school. Most other children start on 2 sessions a week.

Only children in their final year before school can attend up to 2 "Swan" (afternoon) sessions.

Children who are attending both the morning and afternoon sessions are given priority on lunchtime sessions.


Funded sessions

We receive the Universal (Funded Early Education) funding for three and four year olds; entitling children to up to 15 free hours from the term after their third birthday. Please note lunch sessions cannot be covered by the funding, and you must submit a parental declaration form on time to claim the funding for your child.

We are not part of the ‘30 hours of funded childcare’ scheme.


Parental Fees

For children who are not eligible for the Universal (Funded Early Education) funding the fees are: Cygnet session - £14.00, Swan session - £14.00, Lunch session £6.00. All fees are payable termly in advance.

Lunch sessions are not compulsory, if you prefer you can come and collect your child for lunch at the end of the morning session.

Payment can be made by BACS, by using Childcare vouchers or through the Tax Free Childcare scheme.

A copy of our current charges and Universal Funding structure can be downloaded here


Early Years Pupil Premium 

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53p per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. If you are eligible this additional money could make a significant difference to your child’s attainment in the future and we encourage you to apply for the extra funding. Further details can be found here



Download our current prospectus here.