Fees & Charges
Confirmation of session fees will be given with your offer letter. We do not offer discounts for siblings.
If parents access hours above the free entitlement they will be charged per hour at a rate set by the committee. Parents will be notified of the charge when the child’s hours are confirmed.
Current Fees: £6.25 per hour (September 2022)
Our fees will be increasing from September 2023 to £6.50p per hour.
The Free Entitlement (Early Education Funding)
The local authority provides funding so that a child can access 15 hours free entitlement for 38 weeks a year from the term after their third birthday. The table below shows when your child will become eligible.
The funding will continue until the term after a child’s fifth birthday or until the child takes up place in a reception or year one class at a maintained school.
We will need to see a copy of your child’s birth certificate to confirm that your child is eligible for the free entitlement. In order to receive funding, we will ask you to fill out a parent declaration form by a given date. You will need to fill out a parent declaration form if it is the first time your child is eligible to receive funding or if your child changes sessions.
Deposits / Registration Fees
We charge a registration fees of £32 (payable once you have been offered a space). Parents who are only accessing their funded entitlement are able to claim this back if required.
Lunches / Snacks
Lunch club is delivered as part of the learning experience and therefore it can be included in a child’s free 15 hours entitlement. No compulsory fees will be charged for food at lunch time. Parents are expected to provide a lunch (including a drink) for their child.
You will need to contribute to the drink and snack that your child is offered during each session. If your child requires particular food or drink which we do not routinely stock, you may be asked to supply this yourself.
Parents have the option to purchase South Hill Park Pre-school uniform for their child; this consists of t-shirts and sweat shirts. Uniform is not compulsory. Second hand uniform is often available for a small voluntary donation.
Voluntary donations are requested for sundries which are not covered by your funding. Parents are expected to provide their own nappies, wipes, sun cream etc. Items such as soap, hand towels etc. are included in your free entitlement.
If parents wish to take up extra activities for their child, that we offer occasionally, they can expect to pay for these (e.g. Christmas pantomime trip). Activities such as these are over and above the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. However, these activities will be optional so you can choose for your child not to participate if you wish.
We will not insist on financial voluntary contributions in order for parents to access funded entitlement sessions. However, please note that session fees only cover the requirements of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), therefore all extras, e.g. new equipment, books, snacks and cooking ingredients must either be paid for or you will be asked to provide some of your own resources.
Holiday and Sickness
You must still pay fees even if your child does not attend on a particular session (e.g. family holiday; child sickness). This is because their space is still kept for them and we still have to pay staff wages and other costs.
Bank Holidays and Inset Days
There is not a compulsory charge for sessions if the Pre-school is closed for a public holiday. You will not be charged for sessions on a planned Inset Day (staff training or preparation).
Occasionally the Pre-school has to close due to exceptional circumstances over which we have no control. Examples of this might include severe weather conditions, vandalism, flu or other virus outbreaks. If the Pre-school is closed for five days or less then you will still be charged for these sessions. We will endeavor to keep parents updated through our website and by e-mails.
Our fees are reviewed by the committee every spring. It is likely that they will increase by a small amount each year and this increase will come into force each September. If you will still be paying fees at the time of the increase you will be given at least 28 days notice of this. Fees will not normally increase at any other time of the year. If we have to increase fees during the year for reasons beyond our control, parents will always be given 28 days advance notice of this.
Parents will receive an invoice from us before the beginning of each half-term period. A half-term period is usually between five and seven weeks. The invoice will show clearly what the charges are in relation to. Fees are payable in advance and are due before the first day of the period they relate to (the first day of each half term). You will always be given a minimum of three weeks to pay your invoice. Please pay via internet banking or through employer childcare voucher systems (please ask for details).
If you are experiencing financial difficulties then you must speak to Sarah as soon as you can. We may be able to arrange for you to pay in instalments. There are sometimes additional ways that we can help you. Speak to the Pre-school Manager and bring details and proof of your current financial situation.
Notice of Termination
Four weeks (term time) written notice (NOT including half terms, breaks, etc.) must be given to the Pre-school Manager (other than those children leaving to start statutory school at the age of five) or a notice payment of 4 weeks fees will be required as agreed in the Notice of Termination policy. This payment is always enforced and legal action is taken where necessary.