Nursery Funding

Little Elms Montessori Nursery offer a number of grants and schemes please see below if you are eligible, or for more information please contact Hertfordshire County Council at

Children in Receipt of the free early education grant for three & four year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week free early education for up to 38 weeks of the year from the term following your child’s 3rd birthday. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). These places are subject to availability.

Classrooms available

The 15 free early education entitlement can be taken flexibly within the following limitations:

Caterpillar Class

All children will start Little Elms Montessori Nursery in Caterpillar Class and can attend either morning or afternoon sessions. Their 15 free early education entitlement can be taken flexibly, if this changes in the future we will provide you with a terms notice.

Butterfly, Ladybird and Bumble Bee Classes

The places in Butterfly, Ladybird and Bumble Bee classes are available to children, who are eligible to receive 15 free funded hours and whose parents have confirmed, in writing, that their child will not be leaving the Nursery until they start the Reception class at their chosen primary school. The places in these classes will be allocated to children depending on their date of birth. 

The education provided in Butterfly, Ladybird and Bumble Bee classes prepare children for starting Reception and these classes are only open for the Morning Sessions.  This means that children offered a place, in these classes, will be expected to attend Nursery each weekday morning 9-12pm, additional hours are available on request for breakfast, lunch and afternoon Sessions, and charged at our hourly rate.

The afternoon is a mixed group session on Monday- Thursday 1-3pm available to all children.

All additional hours after the 15 free hours including breakfast and lunch will be charged at £10 per hour.

When can my child access a free 3 or 4 year old funded place?

Please have a look at our current fees

Childcare Vouchers

Please ensure that your Childcare Voucher provider includes your child’s name as a reference, so we can identify who the payments are for. These are some of the companies we work with: Care Four, Busy Bees, Computershare, SodexhoPass Ltd, Edenred/ Childcare Vouchers Ltd, Kiddivouchers, Early Years Vouchers, Fideliti Childcare vouchers and many more…


The smocks, slipper bag, outdoor waterproof Forestry trousers, and book bags may be purchased from the Nursery for £40.

Smock                       £18

Slipper bag              £6

Book bag                  £8

Forestry Trousers   £8

Children will also need to have in Nursery a pair of soft indoor shoes i.e. plimsolls, a pair of Wellington boots, a full set of spare clothes and depending on the season a coat, sun hat etc. All items brought into Nursery should be clearly marked with your child’s name. See our front page for a link to a name label supplier (stikins).

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic it is not essential for children to wear their smock uniform, but please bear in mind how messy children’s clothing can get without it. All children should wear clean clothing every day and if a smock is worn it must be washed after each session.