At Seedlings nursery we believe in open communication with all parents/carers and staff. Therefore this fee structure will assist everyone to understand our charging.
We operate for 38 weeks per academic year, closing on bank holidays. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.40am until 3.10pm during term time.
Free Spaces for 3 and 4 year olds:
All children are eligible for 15 hours free funded Nursery provision and details on when these children can start are below.
Please be aware we only accept new admissions in September and January. Children who are due to start in April will need to wait until September.
A child born on or between
Will become eligible for funding from
Will be able to start the place in Seedlings Nursery
1st January and 31st March
The start of Term 5 following their third birthday (After the April holiday)
September after their third birthday.
1st April and 31st August
The start of Term 1 following their third birthday (After the Summer holiday)
September after their third birthday
1st September and 31st December
The start of Term 3 following their third birthday (After Christmas / New Year Holiday
January after their third birthday.
30 Hours Extended Free Childcare
Some children may qualify for 30 hours extended free childcare (rather than 15 hours). This is subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.
If you qualify for this, the nursery will require your 30 hour code a month before the new term starts. You will then need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months. If the Academy office does not receive your 30 hour code in advance of the term, you will only be entitled to 15 hours free sessions, with any additional sessions chargeable.
Please speak to our nursery team if you have any further questions or queries.
Fees are payable monthly in retrospect of your child’s sessions. Any changes to current rates will be advised in writing, at least one term in advance. Our fees do not include any outings, celebrations or entertainment that are in addition to our usual session activities.
8:40am – 3:10pm
Lunch Time Session
£3.50 with an additional cost of £2.45 if you wish your child to have a cooked meal provided by the school.
* Morning or Afternoon sessions included in 15/30 hours funded entitlement.
Other Funding Available
- Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Eligible children can start claiming EYPP in the term in which they become eligible for the three or four year old entitlement and is paid based on the universal funded hours only – not on the extended entitlement. To be eligible you need to be claiming certain benefits/credits or are caring for or have adopted a child from care of the local authority. This additional funding will benefit your child by enabling us to provide additional resources and activities. You will need to complete parts 5 and 6 on the Parental Declaration form giving us permission to apply for EYPP for your child.
Please follow this link to more information on EYPP funding.
Disability Access Fund (DAF)
Your child could be eligible for this funding if they are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). This one off annual payment will help us support your child with their disability or special education needs and allow us to make any reasonable adjustments or purchase/loan suitable resources that may be required.
Please follow this link for additional information about DAF funding for your child.
Snacks and Meals
Each morning and afternoon session, children are provided with a fresh fruit snack and a carton of milk. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch then we ask you to bring this in for each session. However, if you would like your child to have a cooked lunch please let a member of staff know and we will order this for them. The cost of this will then be added to your monthly invoice at a charge of £2.45 per meal. If you would like your child to attend the full day without paying for the lunchtime staffing please speak to a member of the nursery staff about collecting your child for lunchtime and then bringing them back to the nursery for the afternoon session.
You will be charged for all booked sessions, regardless of absence due to illness, holiday or any other reason. This also includes the lunchtime period if your session is for all day.
Should the nursery be unable to open due to bad weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, parents will be refunded for a chargeable session or have it discounted from their next invoice. Should closure need to take place part way through a session, a refund will not be given in this instance.
Late Pick Up
Children must be collected promptly at the end of a session/day. Should a parent/carer fail to collect their child on time there is a late collection fee of £1.00 that will be charged per minute that the parent/carer is late.
Late Invoice Payments
Fees are to be paid within 30 days of the invoice date. If you are experiencing financial hardship please speak, in confidence to Mrs Lerpiniere (Mrs L) so that alternative arrangements can be made. If, without negotiation, fees are not settled, we are left with no alternative but to withdraw your child’s place. Children in receipt of 15 hours free entitlement will only be able to access their free funded hours.
You will receive an invoice emailed after the end of each month and we would ask that it is paid in full any of the following methods:
- MyChildAtSchool – You will receive your login details for this once your child starts in the nursery.
- Childcare Grant Payment Service – Our Child Care payment reference is Seedlings Nursery
- You can also make payments using Childcare Vouchers, please contact our Academy office for more information (01622) 250880.