Admission & Funding

Children can start at Red Balloon Pre-School from the term before their 3rd birthday in our afternoon sessions Monday-Friday; 11.45- 2.45pm, the fee or each session is £11.00.  There is 2 year old funding for low income families and information on this is available through Northumberland county council, please see the link on our homepage for further information.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to universal 15 hours funding per week and up to 30 hours funding by the Local Education Authority for working parents. (Please remember funding is per child and not per setting).  Tax Free Childcare is available; a new Government scheme will offer working families 20% support towards childcare costs, please see the link on our homepage for further information.

Red Balloon is open every morning 8.45-11.45 and every afternoon 11.45-2.45 to incorporate the government’s new 30 hour funding for 3 and 4 year olds, (parents do not have to take the full 30 hours – if an eligible parent wants to take up, for example 20 hours per week, these will still be funded). This entitlement can also be shared between settings. For Further details click on this link :Childcare Overview (1)

Application Form
If you would like your child to attend the Red Balloon Pre-School please either visit us, ask at Tweedmouth West School reception or email us and we will send you out an application form.  Returning the completed form to our address.  Please allow at least five working days for a response.

To download an Application Form click here: Application Form

Further Information in regards to Funding and Additional Funding to help your child if they need additional help: