Fees and Funding
We accept government funding for all 3 and 4-year olds and for 2 year olds subject to eligibility. We are also registered for tax-free childcare schemes.
All 3* and 4-year olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of funded childcare. This is usually taken as a maximum of 15 hours a week over 38 weeks of the year, in line with Leicestershire’s school term dates.
(*funding begins the school term after a child turns 3 years old)
Working parents who meet the criteria can get 30 hours per week (for up to 38 weeks per year) of funded childcare.
A copy of your child’s Birth Certificate is required for funding to be secured. If eligible and once registered, government funding is paid directly to us by the Department of Education.
Please note – the Local Education Authority (LEA) set the term dates and inform us of how many sessions we can claim each term, it is not spread equally. In longer terms there may be a shortfall between the number of sessions claimable and the actual number of sessions in a term. The shortfall is charged to parents at our standard fee rate.
Full details of your entitlement can be found in the Leicestershire County Council Nursery Education Funding Guidance document entitled ‘Summary for Parents’. These are distributed to parents each term, but if you would like an advance copy please contact the Administrator. More information about funded childcare places can also be found here.
Where funding is not received fees apply. The current fee rate is £5.50 per hour.
Please note, snacks and drinks are included in these fees, but lunch is not.
Fees are invoiced at the beginning of each term but may be paid in two half terms. All fees must be paid in full by the end of the current term.
Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, talk to the playgroup manager. For your child to keep their place at the setting, you must pay the fees. Our payment policy can be found in the policies and procedures.