Session Times & Prices

Little Deers Day Nursery is open for 50 weeks per year

We close for 2 weeks at Christmas in line with Hampshire school dates and Bank Holidays             

Opening hours from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

We offer all year round or term-time only options.

Due to the way in which children settle, we require children to attend at least twice per week.

Click here to see if you're eligible for Tax Free Childcare to help towards nursery fees:


We can provide a hot lunch (during term time only) at an additional fee per day - Lunches are cooked at Burley Primary School in line with the Hampshire County Council school meals policy and menu. Please click here to navigate to our links page for more information on the Hampshire website, including the current menu.

Alternatively, healthy packed lunches can be provided from home.

Please note: During school holidays when Burley Primary School is closed, parents are required to provide a healthy packed lunch. We are a NUT FREE nursery. We are also currently a HUMOUS and SESAME FREE nursery due to a severe allergy. 

Breakfast, Snack and High Tea are included in the cost of each session accordingly, for children not in receipt of Early Years Education Funding.

Children in receipt of 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Years Education (EYE) Funding will be charged for the cost of all meals at the following rates:

Breakfast:  £1.21 – Selection of cereals, toast, croissant or toasted bagel, choice of milk or water.

    (This meal is included for ALL children booked in between 8am and 9am)

Snack:  £1.21 – Selection of fruit, vegetable sticks, crackers, breadsticks etc.

    (This is included for ALL children booked in between 9am and 12pm)

High Tea:  £1.81 – As per our High Tea Menu.

    (This is included for ALL children booked in between 3pm and 6pm)



Children who are eligible for Early Years Education Funding are entitled to 15 hours universal or up to 30 hours extended funded education per week, for 38 weeks of the year, or the equivalent number of hours stretched throughout the whole year.


This funding is significantly less than our hourly rate and does not cover the cost of meals, snacks, drinks, consumables, higher staffing ratios or specialised sessions, e.g. Forest Explorer Sessions, Yoga etc, which should all be charged as extras. As a result, the charges for meals and a quality charge of 55 pence per hour, for such services are invoiced to the child’s account. Any sessions over and above the funded hours are chargeable at the current nursery fees. (More information and exclusions are available in our charging policy).

Additional charges apply for external activity providers such as Mini Athletics and Moo Music.


The term before your baby turns 9 months old, you can apply for up to 15 hours funding subject to meeting Government criteria, please click the link below to check if you are eligible and apply:

Childcare Choices Website Link

All children in England are entitled to receive Early Years Education (EYE) Funding from the start of the term after their third birthday, this entitles your child to a maximum of 15 funded hours childcare per week (570 per year).  

Hampshire's Early Years Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds

As we are open all year round, we are able to stretch your child's funding throughout the year, this means reducing the 15 hours to a maximum of 11 hours a week over more weeks of the year (570 per year).

Hampshire's EYE Funding - Stretched Offer Information

Further help and advice on receiving support towards the cost of childcare including Tax-Free Childcare, Universal Credit, Working Families Entitlement and Support while you study can all be found by clicking on the link below:

Terms Explained

Children born between 1st September and 31st December (Autumn Term) - Funding starts on 1st January

Children born between 1st January and 31st March (Spring Term) - Funding starts on 1st April

Children born between 1st April and 31st August (Summer Term) - Funding starts on 1st September


There has been much in the news recently about the issues surrounding the government's so-called 'free childcare' offers? But what exactly is the problem, and why are early years providers so unhappy?

Try out the interactive explainer from the Early Years Alliance below for a quick and easy explanation of the situation..

EYA Interactive Explainer Link


In 2010 the introduction of 15 hours of “Free childcare” was introduced for all parents of 3-4 year olds.  In September 2017, the UK Government extended this offer of “Free Childcare Places’ for children between the ages of  3- and 4-year-olds of working parents in England where children in this age bracket would be eligible for 1140 hours of government-funded childcare per year rather than the 570 hours that were previously offered – the equivalent of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year.  To qualify for this benefit, parents must earn more than £120 per week (equivalent to 16 hours per week at the National Living Wage), and less than £100K per year.

On paper, this sounds like an amazing benefit for parents, however, there is a major flaw in this system – one that hasn’t been thought through properly and one that has been affecting childcare providers throughout the UK since the new scheme came into place. This flaw in the system is that the Government funding only covers the education needs of a child and does not include consumables that are needed to provide that service (paint, paper, books, toilet rolls, pencils, cooking activities etc.).

Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are a business, even the charitable ones, and like every other business in the UK, whether it is a hair salon, car repair centre, retail outlet or business service, they need to make a 'profit' in order to survive, to keep trading and to re-invest in order to make future improvements and developments.

The ‘free’ funded hours are paid for by the government and the £’s per hour that the Government allocates to each child and each childcare provider is significantly lower than the hourly rate needed to keep a nursery in profit (and in many cases, to even breakeven). 

This puts all childcare providers in a very difficult position, as the lower hourly rate that is paid through Government funding impacts heavily on the sustainability of many nurseries, pre-schools and childminders throughout the UK. Think about it – as a business, a nursery will still have all of the normal running costs from rates, taxes, heating/lighting and equipment through to staff wages (ensuring that the National Living Wage is met), pensions, training, and as a regulated industry, they are also governed on the ratio of employees to children by Ofsted. 

As parents, making sure your little ones are well cared for whilst you are at work is the number one priority. You want to make sure they are being stimulated with appropriate activities and that they are in a safe and nurturing environment, cared for by professional well-qualified staff. 

As an employer, nurseries and pre-schools also have a duty of care to their employees. However, for the childcare profession, under the current Government structure, this has put a lot of financial pressure on all providers which, in turn, affects pay scales across the board which then impacts on those deciding whether to pursue a career in childcare.

In March 2016, a new campaign was launched by Nursery Owners Group following an appearance by a group member on “Good Morning Britain” with the aim to support nursery providers and childcare professionals. Champagne Nurseries On Lemonade Funding (CNLF), is the campaign to bring the impact that funded hours are having on Day Nurseries to the public domain. 

The movement helps to support nurseries and childcare professionals to explain to parents and carers the impact that the ‘FREE funded hours’ is having on this whole industry (and the reasons why, even though their child is receiving funded hours from the Government, their nursery will be charging for consumables such as snacks, toothbrushes, nappies, paints, paper, cooking, forest trips etc.) The group also campaigns to the Government on necessary changes needed to improve the Early Years Childcare here in the UK. 

Want to find out more? Here is a link to a great little video which has been produced by Champagne Nurseries Lemonade Funding that easily explains how the funded hours are impacting on nurseries and the struggles they face. 

YouTube - Champagne Nurseries Campaign