Admissions & Fees

Everything you need to know about how to come and join the fun

Join us as a Happy Hatchling

We do love our Chirpy Chicks 🐥 of all ages, as in our pre-school playgroup we have children in their pre-school year, and those a little younger from 2 years 10 months and up. We noticed in a few places online, posts on North Down Mums’s FB group and elsewhere, that it gets confusing with talk of pre-school and then pre-pre-school. So we’ve decided to hopefully help a little at Chirpy Chicks and introduce some new friends for our junior members.

Our younger little ones are our Happy Hatchlings! 🐣 and they will hopefully stay with us in their pre-school year as Chirpy Chicks before heading off to P1. Hatchlings and Chicks all play and learn together we just thought it would be cool to give them their own club and they have the Hatchlings Beep and Boop to help them along!

Sessions and Fees

Chirpy Chicks runs term-time pre-school sessions Monday to Friday, 9.15am to 12.15pm, we found these times suited best to help parents with older children heading to school.

The cost of a day session is £12.00 for the academic year Sep 2022 to June 2023, and is reviewed annually with any changes communicated to prospective parents before the start of the Autumn term. In order to meet pre-school outgoings families are billed monthly in advance with payment due by the 5th of the month with one day per week equalling £48 per month and multiply up from there if required. More details can be found on the application form below.

Payment can be made in a number of ways. We encourage the use of childcare vouchers and other government tax-break schemes if available to save families a little money and can accept standing orders/bank transfers with details available on request, and we can also accept cash or cheques if that is convenient for you as well. You will receive a fees invoice to be paid each month at the date above. 

Enrolling at Chirpys

Enrolling at Chirpy Chicks Pre-school Playgroup

Below are links to download our enrolment form to join us as a Happy Hatchling 🐣. The form contains;

  • Timetable of days to be booked, and general terms and conditions.
  • Contact details for Parents/Carers.
  • About your child, some general information to help us get to know your child and any necessary health details.

All information submitted is held in the strictest confidence. Once completed you can post it to 10A Dunevly Road, Portaferry, Newtownards, BT22 1NB or if we’re open drop it into Playgroup at the Village Hall in Greyabbey. Alternatively you can email it to

Happy Hatchlings can join us aged from 2yrs 10 months, though age 3 is preferred for staff ratio requirements. We look forward to welcoming your little one to their pre-school adventure at Chirpys! 🤗

Enrolment Form (WORD Version)

Enrolment Form (PDF Version)
CCPP-Happy-Hatchling-Registration-Form-2022-23 PDF

Get on our Waiting List

Get on our Waiting List

If your little one is not quite close to enrolling for this upcoming year don’t hesitate to grab a spot on our waiting list, our places are limited and fill up fast. We currently have children booked on days over a year in advance so it’s never too early to jump in. below you’ll find our ‘Waiting List’ form which you can fill out and return to us. You’ll get a confirmation letter and we’ll keep in touch with you ahead of your child coming to join us.

Waiting List form (WORD Version)

Waiting List form (PDF Version)

How to Apply

What age can my child join the fun?

We can take child in from 2 years 10 months as a pre-preschooler, our Happy Hatchlings 🐣. Pre-school children are eligible for a funded pre-school place as a Chirpy Chick 🐥 in the year before they start school, the range of dates for this are decided by the Education Authority annually.

How much does it cost?

Happy Hatchling 🐣 places for Sep 2022 to June 2023 are £12.00 per daily session. Daily sessions for Chirpy Chick 🐥 pre-school places are funded by the Education Authority if your child is eligible with just a £20 monthly fee for resources.

When are you open?

We’re open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm on a school term-time basis. Holidays and set pre-school development day closures are published in September each year.

Do you accept children with additional needs?

We most certainly do and will work with parents to accommodate children in joining the fun as much as possible. Let us know how we can help, 😊

Admission Inquiry

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