Apply Now | Fees & Funding | Playgroup Opening Hours & Term Dates

How to Apply

For further information please see the Ladybird Prospectus.  If you would like to apply, please download the playgroup Booking Form (PDF), fill in your child's details and return the completed form to the Playgroup Administrator, Angela Mulholland, at or by post to:

Ladybird Playgroup

School Lane



Herts SG8 7RH


If you have any questions or queries about the Booking Form, please don't hesitate to contact us on 01763 208055.

We look forward to welcoming your child to Ladybird Playgroup soon.


Fees & Funding (from September 2020)


Morning session

Lunchtime session

Afternoon session



9am - 12pm

12pm - 1pm  

1pm - 3.15pm







To work out the fees for your child's time at playgroup, add up the fees for the sessions they attend.

£5 per hour for your first child and for any siblings that attend £4.80 per hour.


For example

Full day 9am-3.15pm = £31.25 (£15.00 + £5.00 + £11.25)

Morning inc. lunchtime 9am-1pm = £20.00 (£15.00 + £5.00)

Afternoon only 1pm-3.15pm = £11.25


Pre-booking your child's playgroup sessions

Please pre-book your child's regular weekly playgroup sessions each half term. Extra sessions can usually be accommodated, on a one-off basis, and should booked in advance. Charges for one off (Adhoc or Late notice sessions, less than 24hrs notice) are £5.25per hour


Breakfast Club (8am-9am) Due to COVID Restrictions we are not running this at present. Regular reviews will be undertaken to re-open this club when it is safe to do so.

Our daily Breakfast Club is open to Ladybird Playgroup children aged four years and over, together with children from Thriplow Primary School. Session fees: £5.20 first child; £5.00 siblings. Any sessions cancelled with less than 24hours notice will still be charged, likewise you need to book sessions with no less than 24hrs notice.  Short notice sessions cannot be guaranteed and anything booked within 24hrs will be charged at £5.50 per hour


Funding for Early Years education

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to funding, from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children are also eligible, beginning from the term after their second birthday. Please see the Cambridgeshire County Council website for details, or follow the link for more information on funding. Application forms, to apply for funding, are available from Angela Mulholland in the Playgroup office.


From September 2017, we will offer up to 30 hours of funded childcare per week for working parents, who meet the Government's eligibility criteria.  Please use the following link for more information:



Playgroup Opening Hours

Due to COVID Restrictions Drop off at the School gate is between 9:05am - 9:15am, with pick up between 3:05 pm - 3:10pm. From Mon 15th March drop off will remain at the school gate. At pick up, parents and carers will be able to pick their children up from the playground outside Ladybirds. 

Ladybird Playgroup is open Monday to Friday (9am-3.15pm) during Term Time only with pick up between 3pm - 3:15pm. Any late pick-ups will be charged as per the Fee Policy.

Breakfast Club (8am-9am) is available for Ladybird Playgroup children aged four years and over, together with children from Thriplow Primary School.

The Playgroup and Primary School keep the same term dates including inset days.


2020 - 2021 Term Dates


Autumn 2020

Staff training day

Staff training day

Term begins

Staff Training Day

Half Term

Term ends

Thurs 3rd September

Fri  4th September

Mon 7th September

Fri 23rd October

Mon 26th - Fri 30th October

Fri 18th December


Summer 2021

Term begins

May Day

Half Term

Staff training day

Term ends

Mon 12th April

Mon 3rd May

Mon  31st May - Fri 4th June

Fri 18th  June

Thursday 22nd  July


Spring 2021

Term begins

Half Term

Term ends

Staff Training Day

Mon 4th January

Mon 15th - Fri 19th Feb

Thurs 25th March

Friday 26th March

Staff Training Day

Term begins

Staff Training Day

Half Term

Term ends


Autumn 2021

Weds 1st Sept

Thurs 2nd Sept

Friday 22nd October

25th - 29th October

Friday 17th December