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Sessions & Fees


Babies Fees (3months – 2 yrs.) – No change until September 2024

The table below applies to funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds – from April 2024. If your child attends for more than the funded time and uses the nursery’s additional services, supplementary costs will be applied and are dependent on the hours attended.

There are different types of funding, these are:

Working Families funding – 2-year-olds (determine eligibility criteria via childcare choices)

Twos Too Funding – 2-year-olds (Receiving additional Government Support – eligibility criteria required)

Universal Funding – All children at age 3 (15hrs) Term after their third birthday.

Working Families Funding – 3- & 4-year-olds (additional 15hrs – determine eligibility criteria via childcare choices)

Government funding explained

(A full copy of the document is available on request)

Working family funded childcare

This scheme is for qualifying working parents, the number of hours available and age at which you can access this funding is set out below:

Eligibility Criteria:

If you’re living with your partner you’ll need to apply together.


  • Should be working at least 16 hours a week
  • Can be on sick leave or parental leave
  • Must each earn less than £100,000 a year
  • Might still be eligible while claiming benefits.

When to apply

It’s all down to when their birthday falls, so make sure you plan ahead. For Working Family Funding, you’ll need to apply online for an eligibility code  gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare

Your child can start claiming the funding the term after they are eligible and have received a valid eligibility code, whichever is later. Term start dates are 1st September, 1stJanuary and 1st April.

To keep your funded hours childcare place, you need to check your details are up to date every 3 months by reconfirming.

How to apply

Universal funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds – All children received 15 hours funded childcare.

For 3 and 4 year olds, all you have to do is get in touch with the nursery. Our team will talk you through the process and ask to see your child’s birth certificate as proof of your eligibility.

For eligible 2 year olds with Two’s Too Funding already in receipt of government support, you should complete the online checker https://apply.cloudforedu.org.uk/oeye/bcpcouncil/apply

When you apply online you’ll get an instant response. You will receive a unique reference number and if you are eligible, you will need to bring this code to the nursery to enable us to claim the funding for your child.

Additional Services Charge (page 3)

Whilst the Government funding given to each childcare provider varies a little based on location, it doesn’t always cover the full cost of your child’s hours. We charge a little extra for additional services which contribute towards us being an outstanding setting as well as helping the children to develop a range of skills, promoting learning opportunities, and the children thoroughly look forward to taking part. The services are set out below, and the costs for these services are set out above:

Additional Information

Deposit and registration fee – £110 (£100 deposit refunded when your child leaves if all fees are cleared on the child’s account) £10 non-refundable registration fee. The deposit does not apply to funded 2 year olds claiming Two’s Too funding or children who are eligible for EYPP.

Holding fee for Two’s Too or EYPP funded children (Early Years Pupil Premium EYPP – Receiving additional Government Support – eligibility criteria required) – £25, if you are booking 3 months in advance

Additional Service Charge for funded children – See above

Late payment fee of 10% of fees due is added to the account. (Deadline date 15th of month)

Late collection charge will be £15 for every 15 minutes of lateness. This applies if you are late collecting at 6pm, 1pm or 3pm.

We ask parents to sign their child IN/OUT of the setting using the eyLog parent app on their phone. This can be done by scanning the QR code at the entrance doors to the relevant room.

There will be no reduction in charges where your child is unable to attend for whatever reason.

There is a 5% discount for families who have siblings at the nursery. Both children need to be paying fees for this to apply.

We do not charge any fees for days when the nursery is closed, averaging 8 Bank Holidays and the 3 days between Christmas and New Year.

Attendance – In order to best support children to settle well and to benefit from their nursery experience children must attend a minimum of 2 sessions (spread over 2 days) per week. Parents may select a combination of morning, afternoon or full day sessions (9am-3pm for 3-4 year olds only) to suit their needs.

FREE SESSIONS FOR 9 MONTHS + AND WORKING FAMILIES OF 2 YR OLDS – We are able to offer free Government funded places to those children who are eligible under the Government Criteria. The Additional Service Charge per funded hour will not apply to these children. Fees for additional (non-funded) hours will apply.

FREE SESSIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS CLAIMING TWO’S TOO FUNDING  – We are able to offer free Government Funded places for eligible 2 year olds. The Additional Service Charge per funded hour will not apply to 2 year old funded places. Fees for additional (non-funded) hours will apply.  To find out if your child is eligible for funding go to:


FREE SESSIONS FOR 3 AND 4 YEAR OLDS – We are able to offer free Government funded places to 3 & 4 year olds who have previously accessed a 2’s too funded place or who are eligible for EYPP. These children can access up to 15 funded hours per week free of charge. Fees for additional (non-funded) hours will apply. To find out if you are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium Funding go to:


Fees are invoiced monthly in advance and payable by 15th of the month.  You will receive an invoice via email through our nursery management system. We accept card payment, standing order payments or Tax free childcare. We no longer accept cheques or cash.

Tax Free Childcare
Parents will be able to open a childcare account. For every £8 you pay into your childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs – that’s up to £500 every 3 months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4000 per child – a total of £1000 every 3 months. You can then use this money to pay the nursery.


Working tax credits

The government has introduced working tax credits for parents who work part-time and on low incomes in order to made day care more affordable.