Session Times and Prices

The nursery is open throughout the year with the exception of Bank Holidays, four staff-training days across the year and the Christmas to New Year period.

We are able to offer the following care options:

  • Full-day sessions: Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Morning sessions: Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Afternoon sessions: Monday to Friday - 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Nursery Fees

Doves (under 2’s)
  • All day - £56.50
  • Morning/Afternoon sessions only - £31.00
Little Finches (2 to 3-year-olds)
  • All day - £51.50
  • Morning/Afternoon sessions only - £28.50
Big Finches - £46.50 (3 to 4-year-olds)
  • Morning/Afternoon sessions only - £26.00

Invoices

Invoices will be issued at the beginning of the month and will be due for payment within ten working days of the date of the invoice. If an invoice is not paid by the due date a 10% late payment fee will be added to the following month’s invoice.

Invoices are to be paid by BACS, standing order or bank transfer. Invoices or part of can also be paid using childcare vouchers.

All families will be issued an invoice monthly. The invoice will be itemised to provide clear and transparent information concerning the charges as agreed in the parent contract. It will allow parents/carers to see that the entitlement is received completely free of charge and understand additional fees that have been applied.

Detailed receipts will be issued for all cash and cheque payments.

It is essential that you quote your child's name and account number as a reference for all payments. This will help us identify your payment and credit the correct account. Your account number can be found on your invoice.

Monthly fees are calculated by multiplying the weekly fee by 50 weeks and dividing by 12 calendar months. There is no charge for days when the nursery is closed for staff training days, Christmas and New Year period, or for bank holidays throughout the year. However, you are still charged if your child is absent due to illness or holiday.

Any additional sessions provided on an ad-hoc basis will be charged in arrears and added to your next invoice.

Unpaid invoices

If the balance of your invoice is not paid by the next month then a 'brought forward' balance is added to the next month invoice total, including the 10% charge for late payment. A letter stating the agreements for payment of the balance will also be attached. If the balance is not cleared within the 10 working days then a final notice will be given. This may affect your child's placement in the nursery if left unpaid.

Funding available

2-year-olds, 15 Hours Free Childcare

Some children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare at the start of the term following their 2nd birthday depending upon their family financial circumstances. Although they are entitled to 15 hours free childcare term time because of the 'stretched’ offer this actually equates to 11 hours free childcare per week for 50 weeks.

If your 2-year-old is entitled to 15 hours free childcare you will receive a letter from Norfolk Family Information Service providing you with an eligibility code. This code needs to be given to Nursery School in order for us to claim the free childcare.

If your child attends for two morning or afternoon sessions (10 hours) then these would be free but if they attend for three morning or afternoon sessions (15 hours) then you would be charged for the balance of four hours.

3 and 4-Year-Olds, 15 Hours Free Childcare

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours free childcare at the start of the new term following their 3rd birthday.

Although they are entitled to 15 hours free childcare term time because of the ‘stretched’ offer this actually equates to 11 hours free childcare per week for 50 weeks.

If your child attends for two morning or afternoon sessions (10 hours) then these would be free, but if they attend for three morning or afternoon sessions (15 hours) then you would be charged for the balance of four hours.

30 Hours Free Childcare

Some children will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare depending upon family financial circumstances. Parents would need to check eligibility by logging onto the following website:

Childcare Support Tax

When you log onto the website you will need to have your National Insurance number and financial paperwork available.

If you are eligible for 30 hours free childcare you will be given an eligibility code. This code needs to be given to Nursery School in order for us to claim the free childcare.

Eligibility has to be re-confirmed every three months. You will receive an email reminder from HMRC reminding you that your reconfirmation is overdue. You will then need to log onto your childcare account:

GOV.UK

Select reconfirmation and follow the instructions to check your details are up to date. If you were given a temporary eligibility code then you would have to click on the re-apply button rather than the reconfirm button.

 

Additional Charges

Food charges

If your child receives free childcare then you will be charged for food charges on the days they receive funding. These are as follows:

Morning/Afternoon sessions
  • Breakfast - 75p
  • Afternoon snack - 40p
  • Morning snack - 40p
  • High tea - £1.25
  • Hot lunch - £2.00

Full Day session

  • Breakfast - 75p
  • Morning snack - 40p
  • Hot lunch - £2
  • Afternoon snack - 40p
  • High tea - £1.25

Late Collection Charges

Whilst the nursery supports working families and understands the difficulties of balancing work and family commitments, it reserves the right to charge additional fees for children who are collected late. A fee of £1 will be charged per 1 minute period. This will be charged in arrears and added to your next invoice.

Trips

Charges for additional services such as trips will be agreed in advance with families.

There is a £50 deposit payable to secure your child's place when a space has been offered prior to their start date. This deposit will be refunded to you on your first month's invoice.

Holiday

Families accessing Early Education Funding - If you are going away on holiday, please let us know the dates. Nursery can claim early education funding for the time you are away. You will not be charged for food.

For families paying nursery fees - You will be charged your normal nursery fees for the time you are away to guarantee your child's place in nursery.

Notice period

A minimum of four weeks' notice or four weeks' fees in lieu of notice is required from the parent/carer to terminate a child's place or reduce the number of sessions normally taken by the child.