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  Admission to Clare Bears Pre-School

Clare Bears Pre-school is open to every member of the local community for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

Children are eligible to attend Clare Bears once they are two years old. Any parent/carer wishing to register their child for a place at the pre-school will need to submit a Registration Form. Please phone or email us at enquiry@clarebears.co.uk for an application form. On receipt of this, a Confirmation Letter will be sent notifying the parent/carer that their child is on the waiting list, which is arranged as per our admissions policy. It is important to enrol your child as early as possible to ensure their place.


Session Times

Clare Bears is open every weekday from 8.50am to 2.50pm during normal school terms. Our term days coincide with those of Clare Community Primary School.




Lunch Club

Lunch club runs Monday to Friday, from 11.50am to 12.50pm. Children bring their own packed lunch and are supervised throughout the lunch period, with different activities to those during the morning session. This is an optional session, which is provided at an extra cost of £4.





Fees are £12.00 per morning session (8.50am-11.50pm) and £24 per full day session (8.50am-2.50pm) and are payable half-termly in advance. You will be sent an invoice with instructions of how to pay. We are also registered to accept ‘Childcare Vouchers’.



Free places for 3 and 4 year olds

The Government set targets for young children's education from September 1998. The aim was to have a free early education place for every eligible four and three year-old where their parents want one. To achieve this, each Local Education Authority has set up an Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership. This is a body representing all the early years interests in the area. The Partnership has drawn up a Plan that shows how the Government's target is to be met.

Clare Bears Pre-School is a member of the Suffolk Early Years Development & Childcare Plan, and can therefore offer free places to eligible three and four year-olds (subject to availability). Please ensure that you let the Pre-School know when your child is eligible (i.e. the term after their 3rd birthday). Eligible children may access up to five free sessions per week, for almost the entirety of each term. This then replaces the session fees stated above, however lunch club is subject to an additional fee.

If you require further information about the scheme, please speak to our Leader/Manager.




Some 2-year-olds in England can also get free early education and childcare.

You must be getting one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • State Pension Credit (the guaranteed element)
  • Child Tax Credit and /or Working Tax Credit and earn no more than £16,190 per year
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Children looked after by a local council are also entitled to a place.

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.


Contact your local Council to check if your child is eligible.



New rules from September 2014


From September 2014 more 2-year-olds in England will be eligible for free early education.

As well as the current rules, a child will then also be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • you get Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
  • they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve been adopted from local authority care
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or residence order

Contact your local Council to check if your child is eligible.


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