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Church End Lower School

‘A Values School’

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Church End Lower School

‘A Values School’

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Chimneytots at Church End Lower School is a local community provision with the aim of creating an affordable, flexible and high quality setting for children aged between 2 and 4 years.

The two settings are located on the Lower School sites at both Church End and Forest End.

We offer full and part time places for children from the term they turn 3 years old.  All requests for session are processed in accordance with our Admissions Policy.


Session Times


Our hours are 8.40a.m. to 5.40p.m. Monday to Friday – term times only.  We offer two sessions a day from 8:40a.m. until 2:40p.m. with the possibility of up to 3 hours extra at the end of the day.


  • 8:40a.m. to 11:40a.m. (3 hours)
  • 11:40a.m. to 2:40p.m. (3 hours)
  • 2:40p.m. to 5:40p.m.  (3 hours) - these last 3 hours can be requested in one hour slots


Lunch is incorporated as part of the 11.40a.m. – 2.40p.m. session.  Children can bring a packed lunch or can choose to pay for a hot lunch from the school kitchen.


Funded Sessions


All children are eligible for 15 hours funding the term after their third birthday.  Therefore, if your child turns 3 on or before:


  • 31st December they will receive funding from 1st January
  • 31st March they will receive funding from 1st April
  • 31st August they will receive funding from 1st September


Since September 2017 some families are eligible for 30 hours free childcare.   Chimneytots offers the Universal 15 funded hours per week. Working with other nurseries and pre-schools we can enable those families who are eligible to take up the 30 hours free childcare across more than one provider.  All additional Chimneytots hours that exceed the Universal 15 hours per week will be charged. 


Fees are invoiced termly within the first two or three of weeks of each new term and the full bill must be paid by the date on the invoice.




If your child starts the term in which they turn 3, their sessions will be chargeable and you will receive an invoice for all the sessions they are due to attend that term.

Funding is available for up to 15 hours of childcare per week for 2-year-olds whose families meet one of the following criteria:

In receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits and have an annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Or they have a 2-year-old child who:

  • has a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health Care Plan
  • receives Disability Living Allowance
  • has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
  • is a looked after Child

If you feel you are entitled for 2-year old funding you can either:


Waiting List


Please contact the school office to add your child’s name to on our waiting list. 


Tel:     01234 768271