FEE, BOOKING and NEF POLICY
The nursery is open throughout the year with the exception of Bank Holidays and the few days between Christmas and the New Year when the nursery is closed. Full rates are charged for these days as the fees are based on the running costs of the nursery 52 weeks of the year. Fees are also payable if your child is ill or if you take them out of nursery on holiday. Full fees will be paid if the nursery is forced to close for reasons beyond our control. Fees are inclusive of all meals, snacks, formula milk, sun cream, nappies and extracurricular activities provided by outside agencies.
Age: 0-2 Years
Part-time AM or PM: £41.50
Full time: £63.50
Age: 2 – 3 years
Part-time AM or PM: £41.00
Full time: £62.00
Age: 3 – 5 years
Part-time AM or PM: £39.50
Full time: £58.00
Monthly fees are at the prevailing fee schedule. The setting reserves the right to increase said fees at any time giving one calendar month’s notice of the proposed increase to parents / guardians. Monthly fees include all sick days and holidays taken as these are paid days. Fees are based on booked days not attendance. Refunds and credits will not be given for days where your child does not attend due to sickness or holiday. We do not allow swapping of days unless it is permanent and there is availability, we will try to accommodate swapping of days in cases of emergency or under special circumstances, but not in lieu of holidays taken.
A deposit of £100.00 for 2 sessions or £200.00 for 3 sessions or more is required when a place is offered 3 months prior to your start date or as appropriate. Deposits are non refundable should the place be no longer needed before the place is taken up, however if your child attends and a full months notice is given the deposit will be deducted from the final month’s fees. Children’s attendance begins contractually at the beginning of the 50% fee commencement, 3 months before the child starts at nursery (see below).
Booking a place
It is possible to secure an available place for more than a period of 3 months but 50% of the fees will be payable each month in advance until the start date, and will be deducted from your invoices for the 3 months following when your child begins nursery. Please note that 50% fees are not refundable if you decide you no longer want the place before your child begins.
A minimum of 2 part time sessions are to be taken, however should you require a full day then a further half day must be taken too.
A full calendar months notice is required for changes to booked places.
Bookings are taken on a first come first serve basis. However children with Special Educational Needs, referrals from Social Care or families already using the Nursery may be prioritised.
Extra sessions can be booked on an adhoc basis, but only if availability allows.
Fees are payable in advance on the 1st of each month and are calculated as an average monthly amount of 4.333 weeks per month.
Failure to make the payment at the beginning of each month will result in the following procedure:
- We will speak to you in the first instance as an error could have occurred.
- Should the fees remain unpaid a letter will be sent to you giving you a date to be paid by.
- Should the fees still remain unpaid by 28 days after the given date on the second letter you will forfeit your child’s place at First Steps.
We offer a 5% sibling discount from fees of the youngest sibling.
The level of fees will be set by the Registered Person and reviewed annually in the light of the Nursery’s financial position, its future strategic plans and any other broader economic or social considerations deemed relevant.
Late collection of children will incur a charge of £10.00 for every 5 minutes or part of.
Fees charged for children in receipt of the 15 Universal Hours and/or the 150Extended entitlement of the Nursery Education Funding (NEF)
Children become eligible for the entitlement from the academic term following their 3rd birthday. Eligible children are entitled to access up to the universal 30 funded hours per week of early year’s provision, for 38 academic weeks each year. The entitlement is claimed by the nursery on behalf of the child each academic term.
Our aim is to meet all the needs of families using our service by adopting an inclusive and flexible approach. For ease of invoice calculation and parent payment methods, the funding is deducted from each months invoice for the months included in each term as follows:
Spring term Jan – April inclusive
Summer term May – August inclusive
Autumn term September – December inclusive
For more information about how we implement the funding please see our Early Years Funding Options Terms and Conditions.
Information below is taken from www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/tax-free-childcare/
Tax-Free Childcare explained:The seven need-to-knows
Tax-Free Childcare is a Government-backed scheme which helps parents with the cost of childcare. The scheme, which launched in April 2017, gives eligible families an extra 20% towards childcare costs but not everybody will be able to take advantage straightaway. Here’s what you need to know so far…
First grab 15 hours’ free childcare (or 30 hours if eligible in England) and check if you’re due tax credits
Before you start applying, make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to:
- Free childcare for three and four-year-olds. Every parent in England is entitled to 15 hours’ free nursery provision – your provider fills in local authority paperwork with you – across 38 weeks a year, but from September 2017 this doubled to 30 hours (in England).
However, to be eligible for the additional 15 hours you need to work the equivalent of 16 hours/week at national minimum and living wage (currently £120/week; while both in a couple must work) and no one parent can earn £100,000+/year. See full info (including for the rest of the UK).
- Are you eligible for childcare tax credits, typically worth £3,000/year? If you pay for childcare, work 16+ hours a week (couples must both work) and have a sub-£46,000 family income you could be entitled.
- There’s no guarantee but it’ll be worth checking to see if you are. Full help in Childcare Tax Credits. If you get them, they’re usually a winner ahead of what’s below.
Warning: It’s important to note, you won’t be able to get the childcare tax credit – or childcare element of working tax credit to give it its full name – or universal credit if you’re signed up to the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme.
The scheme is designed so that for every 80p you put in, the state will add 20p – so it effectively gives you basic-rate tax back on what you pay, hence the scheme’s name.
In total you’ll be able to use the scheme to pay for up to £10,000 of childcare per child each year – so you could get an extra £2,000 per child (up to £4,000 if your child is disabled) each year.
Say your childcare bill was £500/month… you’d pay £400/month with the remaining £100 of the bill picked up by the Government; across the year, this would cut your £6,000 annual costs to £4,800.
Once your childcare bill exceeds the Government maximum, there’s no more financial support. Say your childcare bill for one child is £1,000/month, you’d pay £800 and have £200 paid for – after 10 months, once the £2,000 maximum support has been reached, you’ll then have to pay full whack.
The scheme is available to ALL eligible workers including the self-employed
Tax-Free Childcare will be open to all qualifying parents, unlike childcare vouchers, which can only be bought by people whose employer offers the scheme.
If you work for yourself, you’ve previously not been able to take advantage of Government schemes to cut the cost of childcare – until now. The new scheme is open to self-employed people (and anyone else whose employer isn’t offering childcare vouchers) and allow them to take advantage of the 20% tax perk.
However, you and your partner will need to be in work to qualify – so if you’re self-employed and your husband or wife doesn’t work, you won’t be able to take advantage.
The scheme’s available to parents of children up to and including the age of 11 (or 16 for children with disabilities). This is slightly lower than the 15 years of age limit for kids with the vouchers scheme but the same for children with disabilities.
Both parents or partners in the household must be working & you’ll need to earn at least £120/week
To qualify, you’ll both need to be working and earn a minimum of the equivalent of 16 hours/week at the national living or minimum wage (currently £120/week).
You can work fewer than 16 hours/week as long as your weekly income is more than the £120/week minimum. If you’re self-employed and your income varies hugely on a weekly basis – eg, £50 one week, nothing the next, then £500, then £750 – it won’t matter; as long as your three-monthly average meets the £120/week minimum, you’ll be eligible.
You also need to earn less than £100,000 a year – this applies to both, so if one earns more then, as a couple, you can’t access Tax-Free Childcare. It will also be available to parents on paid sick leave.
If you’re on paid and unpaid statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave, it still counts as being in work so you can still benefit from the scheme; however, eligibility is limited to the last 14 days of leave (for the baby whom you’re off with). You can apply for other children you have though so you can still use the scheme for older siblings.
What about illness, disability or any caring responsibilities I may have?
Although the rules say both parents need to be in work, you’ll still be eligible for a childcare account if you or your partner is in work and the other is not able to and receives any of the following benefits:
- Incapacity benefit or long-term incapacity benefit
- Severe disablement allowance
- Carer’s allowance
- Contribution-based employment and support allowance
- National insurance credits (because of incapacity or limited capability for work)
Roll-out of scheme now complete
The roll-out of tax-free childcare happened in stages with parents of the youngest children eligible first. With the roll-out now complete, the scheme is open for any parents with children under 12.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Any parent with more than one child will be able to sign up to cover all their children as soon as their youngest child becomes eligible.
- You’ll need to set up an online childcare account via Childcare Choices to use the scheme – and you’ll be able to transfer money in from your bank as you would any other ‘savings’ account. Only one parent can open the account – though both can, of course, use it – so you’ll need to decide in whose name you open it.
- The Government will then top it up with the extra cash the same day. So put in £80 on Monday, and it should be boosted to £100 hours later. Others such as grandparents or family friends can also put cash in.
- You’ll be able to spread the cost of childcare, ie, pay in more some months, for example, to cover the cost of the extra childcare needed during holiday periods. However, be aware that parents can only get a maximum top-up of £500 every three months – this affects those with higher childcare bills.
If you have seasonal childcare costs, put money into the account throughout the year, accruing the full top-up as you go. Then, spend it only when you need to – thus avoiding the £500 three-month limit.
- Every three months, it’s also necessary to ‘reconfirm’ your eligibility. You need to do this using your childcare service account, and simply have to click a box saying your circumstances haven’t changed.
The Government says you’ll be reminded to do this in a message, four weeks before each reconfirmation deadline.
- Many parents have been in touch with us to tell of difficulties logging on to the Government website, a problem we first highlighted in May.
While thousands of parents have struggled to sign up, leaving some in great difficulty to meet bills, it’s now emerged that if you’ve lost out as a result of the technical problems which have plagued the new Tax-Free Childcare website, you can now reclaim your costs.
Check to make sure your childcare provider’s registered with a regulator such as Ofsted so they’ll be eligible for the new scheme
Childcare could be any breakfast club, nursery, playgroup, nanny, childminder or au pair – the crucial element is that your provider must also be registered with a regulator such as Ofsted, the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register to count as childcare under the scheme.
However, they must also be registered with the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme for you to be able to sign up. It’s worth checking with your provider that it is registered or in the process of registering now, so it’s ready for when you can open a Tax-Free Childcare account.
Your provider will then appear on the Childcare Provider Checker – when you eventually log in to your account you’ll be able to see details of all registered providers. If your provider’s on there, you’ll be able to send payments directly through your account to the provider’s bank account via the BACS system.