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Sessions & Fees

With changes coming to 15 and 30 hours childcare support in England. Sign up for more details about the upcoming expansion from April 2024, as well as how and when to register for support with childcare costs. Childcare Choices

  3 months – 3 years old  
8am-1pm £37.00 Includes all food.

Parents to provide nappies, wipes, nappy cream and bottle feeds (if required)  

1pm-6pm £35.00
Full day £60.00


The Full Day price includes snack in the morning, a nutritionally balanced hot lunch and pudding and a light tea in the afternoon. (See nursery menu’s) The 8am 1pm session includes snack and the hot lunch and pudding. The 1pm-6pm session includes the light tea, which may include sandwiches, wraps or crackers. You may wish to provide tea for babies who are weaning.


For eligible children who are Two’s Too funded (2 year olds) – Depending on your personal circumstances, your child may be entitled to 2 year old funding. Click on the link below to to see if you are eligible.


Food is an additional cost – see chart below

Funded 2-year-olds – Food costs only
8am-1pm £4.00      Snack and lunch
1pm-6pm £2.00      Tea
Full day £6.00      Snack lunch and tea


Early Education Funding

All 3 and 4 years olds are entitled to Early Education Funding from the government. This is to ensure that all children in the two years prior to their commencing primary school are able to access early years’ education. Children are entitled to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year or 11 hours over 51 weeks (Stretched Funded Offer). This commences the term after your child turns 3 and we will notify you when your child is eligible.

Our sessions for funded children are: 8am-1pm   1pm-6pm   9am-3pm (9am-3pm session is only available for 3-4 year olds) or 8am-6pm.

An Additional charge is applied for extra services. See chart below

Session Times Food Costs Additional Service Charge

(ASC) per session

Total session cost
8am-1pm £4.00    Snack and lunch £3.00 £7.00 Sessions cost as above or hourly rate of:

£6.00 p/h

This would include food and ASC.

1pm-6pm £2.00    Tea £3.00 £5.00
9am-3pm £4.00    Snack and lunch £4.00 £8.00
8am-6pm £6.00    Snack lunch and tea £7.00 £13.00


Additional Charges:

  •   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
    • Holding fee for 2’s Two funded children – £25, if you are booking 3 months in advance. Refunded upon start date or used to pay food costs.
    • Additional Service charge for funded children.
    • Food charges for funded children.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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.

30 hours Funding

For funded 3–4-year-olds – All parents get up to 15 hours funded childcare per week for 3- and 4-year-olds. You could get up to 30 hours funded childcare in total if you and your partner (if you have one) work full or part-time hours. A child becomes eligible for the funding the term after their 3rd birthday.
We endeavour to offer parents the greatest amount of flexibility in the way funding is accessed. We are able to offer 15 hours or 30 hours a week term time over 38 weeks or stretched across 51 weeks (11 or 22 hours per week). If your child attends for more than the funded time or uses the nursery’s additional services, supplementary costs will be applied and are dependent on the sessions attended. This will not exceed the nursery session fees. Click on the link below to see if you are eligible.


An Additional charge is applied for extra services. See chart above

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.