Photo: children playing at Kiddlywinks Nursery, Penrith


Our offer

  • Full day care or sessional day care.
  • School run sessions
  • Flexible settling in sessions
  • Flexible regular shift patterns
  • Part time sessions can be a combination of different days and am’s and pm’s.
  • We also offer Term Time only places for those who work in Term Time education.
  • Term Time only and annually stretched 15 Hour and 30 Hour Government subsidised places.
  • Shared funding places between two settings
  • Holiday Club for children 4-10 years during school holidays

Children who attend morning sessions can extend their time with us for additional hours in the afternoon on a casual basis if we have room for them. This will be charged at an hourly rate. Please enquire for prices.

Our nursery fees for non-government funded places are inclusive of a light breakfast, two course freshly made lunch, am and pm nutritious snacks, drinks, nappies and wipes.

Powdered milk will need to be supplied by parents/carers to ensure it meets your child’s unique nutritional needs.

If you require a specific make of nappy you may be required to supply your own, please discuss this with a member of our team.

Please contact us to get our up to date session offer and our latest nursery fee structure.

In addition, you may be eligible for support with your childcare costs (see below).


A 10% discount is available for full time places and a 5% sibling discount is available for the sibling on the lowest fees. (There is no discount offered on our meal packages)

Child Tax Credit

This is money paid by HM Revenue & Customs to parents with children at home or people who have a responsibility for bringing up children.

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for. You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.

You get money for each child that qualifies, and Child Tax Credit won’t affect your Child Benefit. How much you get depends on your circumstances.

Working Tax Credit

You could get Working Tax Credit from HM Revenue and Customs if either of the following apply:

  • you’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
  • you’re 25 or over, with or without children

You must:

  • work a certain number of hours a week
  • get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
  • have an income below a certain level

Help From Employers – Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers are a great way for employers to give working parents help with dependent children. Currently you can claim up to £243.00 per month through this scheme and, because you don’t pay tax or National Insurance on Childcare Vouchers, you could save around £1,000 per year.

We are registered with most childcare voucher companies, please ask for more details.

Our Family Loyalty Scheme

10% discount for one month!

If you know a family member or friend that is looking for Nursery Care and Education then please encourage them to contact us and ask them to quote ‘Friends of Kiddlywinks’ and quote your name.

If they choose to take up a full or part time place, lasting at least 3 months with their fees paid fully up to date, as a thank you we would like to reward you with a 10% discount on your fees for one calendar month.

There is no limit to the amount of family and friends that you can refer.

Please note the voucher is only for places taken and not places on our waiting list.

Free early learning for 2 year olds

Kiddlywinks Nursery is registered by Cumbria County Council to provide free early years education for some two year olds. The funding is limited and therefore a qualifying criterion is required and a referral submitted.

Is my child entitled to a free place?

In order to apply your family MUST be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit provided the annual gross income is no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, (this figure changes annually in line with changes to wider tax credit thresholds) and are not in receipt of Working Tax Credits (except during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours a week)
  • or be a Child Looked After by the Local Authority

When is my child eligible for a free place?

If your child’s second birthday falls between: Your child will become eligible for a free place from:

  • 1 January and 31 March – The start of the Summer Term (April)
  • 1 April and 31 August – The start of the Autumn Term (September)
  • 1 September and 31 December – The start of the Spring Term (January)

The offer

Eligible children are entitled to 570 hours annually, we offer our sessions in 5, 7and 10 hour slots and can be used term time or this can be stretched over more weeks if agreed with the family and childcare provider).

You can also use two settings when using the free early years entitlement, but this will have to be discussed with those settings to ensure that it is in accordance with the other setting’s admissions policies.

For more information please see Some families will also be able to access working tax credits in addition, to further support childcare costs. Please contact HM Revenue and Customs for advice.

How do I apply?

For more information, see:

15 hours and 30 hours entitlement for three and four year olds

We are registered with Cumbria County Council to offer the government's early years entitlement for three year olds.

Children who have their 3rd birthday between these dates will have a free place from the following month:

  • 1 April and 31 August – September
  • 1 September and 31 December – January
  • 1 January and 31 March – April

The free entitlement is for 15 hours or 30 hours and can be claimed in a variety of ways such as termly, inline with schools or spread throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss the various options available.

For those parents who wish to combine free entitlement with wrap around care the free entitlement hours used will be delivered completely free at the point of delivery and additional services will be charged in accordance with the present nursery fee policy.

Children who take up free entitlement within their day care will also be able to stretch out their free entitlement throughout the year.

Because of the nature of the nursery and the wide availability of other partnership settings that are able to offer the flexibility of entitlement e.g., local school nurseries, pre-school nursery groups etc, to meet the needs of individual families, Kiddlywinks Nursery will allocate places that will meet the needs of parents requiring the services that we specialise and excel in which is day care and wrap around care over 51 weeks of the year.

To register with Kiddlywinks for early years entitlement we will need to see a copy of your child’s birth certificate to support the governments auditing systems and our contractual obligation. We will also require you to sign an Agreement Form, known as a Free Entitlements Contract.

If you believe you are eligible for 30 hours free funding after the term your child turns 3 then you will require an eligibility code to enable nursery to access this funding on your behalf. Please go to There is a strict timeline on accessing funding so please ensure you plan ahead.

Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.

National data and research tell us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, e.g. in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will make available to us extra funding to help close that gap.

We can use the extra funding in any we choose to progress the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could consist of, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, resources to support home learning, investing in a partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.

The money is paid directly to the provider by the Local Authority. The nursery manager has forms to enable you to apply for the funding or can give you the number of the Local Authority so that you can check your eligibility.

Families may be eligible if they are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

For more information, see:

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