Session Times and Fees

Session Times and Fees

Session Time

We are open all year with the exception of Bank Holidays and the Christmas week inclusive of New Years Day.

We offer sessional or full daycare between the hours of 7.30 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Parents should not feel under pressure to get to the nursery for 7.30 am. Arrival/departure times within the session times are flexible, however, we do ask that you do not drop your child prior to the starting time of your session and that you are prompt in collecting your child at the end of their session.
 
Please ensure that if you wish to talk to a member of staff about anything to allow extra time for this as the staff have other evening commitments and many have children who they need to get home too.

Fee Structure

Sessions 0 - 36 Months 37+ Months
7:30 am - 1:00 pm £34.50 £31.50
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm -- £20.00
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm £32.00 £30.50
7:30 am - 4:00 pm £51.00 £49.50
7:30 am - 6:00 pm £58.50 £55.00

We require parents to use a regular pattern of sessions. We feel that it is in the child’s welfare to attend for a minimum of 2 sessions

Age Groups – fees will change the month after the child’s birthday. 

Although sessions start and finish at the times stated previously, you have the freedom to bring and collect your child at any time within his or her allocated session. With afternoon sessions please do not bring your child to nursery early unless previously arranged with a member of staff as this causes disruption to the children preparing to go home after a session.

All absences, including sickness, occasional days off and planned holiday periods will be charged at the full rate for normal attendance, as nursery overheads are still incurred during these periods. 

If you arrive anytime after 1pm or 6pm to collect your child, the charge is £5 per quarter hour.

Payment of Fees

The fees are inclusive of all meals, snacks and drinks. (with exception to children aged 3 years and above who are receiving free nursery education- they will be charged for a lunchtime meal)  Nappies and wipes are provided, we do ask that parents provide cotton wool, nappy cream and formula milk.

Fees are payable monthly in advance either by Direct Debit, Electronic banking (BACS), or using childcare vouchers.
We are unable to accept credit card payments.

All absences, including sickness, occasional days off and planned holiday periods will be charged at the full rate for normal attendance, as nursery overheads are still incurred during these periods.

If you intend to withdraw your child from nursery, one calendar months written notice must be given or fees paid in lieu of notice. One months notice must be given of any changes to times/days.

Additional Fees

  • Late payments may be subject to a surcharge of £15.00 per month for fees not paid by the 10th of the month. 

  •  Extra care requiring a minimum of 24 hours notice will be charged according to the appropriate morning or afternoon fee structure.

  • Cancellation of extra care requires a minimum of 48 hours notice or fees will be charged accordingly.

  • There will be an additional charge of £5.00 per ¼ hour per child being looked after the end of their session.

  • Registration Fee £30.00 to place your child’s name on the waiting list. (Non- refundable)

  • A deposit of £50 is charged at the time of registration which will be refunded when your child leaves the setting, if your account is up to date and the required notice was given.

Childcare Vouchers

Workplace vouchers are a Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. If you join the scheme, you can currently exchange up to £243 a month (£55 a week) of your gross salary for childcare vouchers.

Childcare Vouchers work through a salary sacrifice scheme which means parents swap part of their salary, to contribute towards their childcare costs. The part of your gross salary you exchange for childcare vouchers is tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions (NI). Because of this, you can currently make savings of up to £933 per parent, per year.

Most working parents are eligible for childcare vouchers provided they are offered through their place of work. However, there may be some instances where parents are not, or where vouchers may affect entitlement to other benefits.

We are registered to accept childcare vouchers.
Below is a list of just a few companies providing vouchers.

  • Busy Bees
  • Edenred 
  • Enjoy benefits
  • Sodexho
  • Care4
  • Allsave
  • Computershare

We would like to point out that this is an arrangement between you and your employer should you enter into it, and that it is entirely your choice to do so. We do not get to know your salary, or any other personal details – you and your employer deal with the voucher provider directly.

Further information can be found here 

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/childcare-vouchers

Early Years Free Entitlement

Early Years Free Entitlement

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England receive up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is know as Universal Early Years Funding Entitlement, (15 hours free childcare) You may also be entitled to Extended Early Years Funding Entitlement, which provides an additional 570 hours of free childcareper year. You can check your child’s eligibility here: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ Both universal and extended entitlement is ‘stretched’ across the year.

When you can start claiming

The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday. The Free Entitlement starts the term following your child’s third birthday (see the chart below).
Child's Birthday When you can claim
1st January to 31st March The beginning of the term on or after 1st April
1st April to 31st August The beginning of the term on or after 1st September
1st September to 31st December The beginning of the term on or after 1st January

For example: If your child was born on 15thJune 2016. You can receive free childcare when the next term starts after 1stSeptember 2019.

Parents who wish to claim the Free Entitlement must register their child with thenursery no later than the headcount date provided by West Sussex County Council. The Nursery will provide all parents with a Parent Declaration Form,which the parents of all eligible children must complete and sign. This must bereturned to the Nursery Manager along with your child’s original Birth Certificate or Passport. The nursery shall take a photocopy of the original andretain the photocopy and completed Parent Declaration form for audit purposes.It is the parent’s responsibility to amend and sign the Parent Declaration formwhen any personal and/or attendance details change.  

As we are open throughout the year, the entitlement is split overthe weeks in which we are open. Please speak to the Nursery manager for furtherinformation.

We make a small charge for meals whilst your child is at Nurseryduring the Free Entitlement session.

Help With Childcare Costs

Tax Free Childcare Scheme

Under the scheme, eligible families will get 20% of their annual childcare costs paid for by the Government. The way it works is that for every 80p you pay into a newly-created Childcare Account, the Government will contribute 20p. This could mean up to £2,000 per child (the scheme assumes a maximum of £10,000 per year childcare costs per child – if you pay more, you won’t get more help).

The scheme is open to single parents/couples who work eight or more hours a week, including self-employed, and who pay for Ofsted-registered childcare for a child under the age of 12, or under 17 if the child is disabled. It will also be open to all qualifying parents, unlike childcare vouchers which can only be bought by people whose employer offers the scheme. Enrolment into this new scheme has yet to be announced

Further information can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know

Child Tax Credits

If you have children and you’re on a low income, you could be eligible for Child Tax Credits to help you with the costs of raising a child. The amount you can claim depends on things like:

  • your household income
  • how many children you have living with you
  • whether your child has a disability

If your annual household income is below a certain level, you could be entitled to the maximum amount for each Child Tax Credit element you qualify for. This is called the ‘income threshold’. Anything you earn above that will reduce the amount you can get. 

Further information can be found here:

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/child-tax-credit

Universal Credit

You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.

You (and your partner if you live with them) will usually need to either:

  • be working – it does not matter how many hours you or your partner work
  • have a job offer

You can claim Universal credit online

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/universal-credit

 

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