Our current fees are £5.50 per hour. Fees are set by the preschool committee and are reviewed annually.
Payment is due in advance at the start of terms 1, 3 and 5. Payment should normally be made by bank transfer, within one week of the invoice date.
Fees can also be paid using employee childcare vouchers or the government's new Tax Free Childcare scheme (more details at the Childcare Choices website), in which case a monthly payment plan can be agreed. There is no reduction in fees for time off taken during term time.
Parents are required to give a term's notice (based on a 6-term year) if they wish to reduce the number of sessions attended or terminate their child's place. For more information, please see our Fees and Donations Policy.
The current level of Early Years Entitlement funding (£4.00 per hour) for 3 and 4-year-olds is insufficient to cover our essential expenditure on staff salaries, hall hire, insurance and basic consumables such as snacks, craft materials, printing, phone expenses, sand and topic resources.
Since September 2015, we have asked parents/carers to consider making a donation of £0.50 per grant funded hour. For example, for a child attending the full 15 grant funded hours per week, this would mean a donation of £7.50 per week during term time.
We must emphasise that this is a voluntary donation, and if you feel unable to contribute the full amount, any donation would be welcomed.
Should you feel unable to make any donation, your child will still receive the same preschool experience. The preschool committee believes that asking for a donation per grant funded hour is the fairest way of covering our essential costs, as the cost is then spread across all families attending the preschool, rather than just those families who need to pay for extra hours on top of the Early Years Entitlement.
Early Years Entitlement Grant for 3 and 4-year-olds.
The Early Years Entitlement (EYE) Grant is available to all parents for 15 hours per week and is paid for 38 weeks a year. The grant is paid directly to the preschool, after parents/carers have signed an eligibility form and shown your child’s birth certificate so that we can make your claim.
All children are entitled to receive the Early Years Entitlement Grant as detailed below:
Child born between 1st April and 31st August will be eligible for 15 EYE hours from the start of term 1 following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
Child born between 1st September and 31st December will be eligible for 15 EYE hours from the start of the start of term 3 following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
Child born between 1st January and 31st March will be eligible for 15 EYE hours from the start of the start of term 5 following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
Some working families are entitled to claim 30 EYE funded hours a week (subject to the same age criteria above). As we are open 22 hours a week, you will be able to claim a maximum of 22 EYE hours with us. Eligible parents are free to use their remaining hours at other settings.
You can find out if you are eligible for 30 hours funding and apply online at the Childcare Choices website. You will be issued with a code to provide to us so that we can confirm your entitlement. Codes are valid for three months from the date of issue, and you will need to obtain a code before the start of the term in which you wish to claim. You will have to re-confirm your eligibility for the scheme every three months.
BANES expects children receiving the Early Years Entitlement Grant to attend for at least 70% of their booked sessions, except for exceptional circumstances such as an extended period of ill health. They also expect children to attend regularly on all their booked days. Failure to follow this guidance may result in your child's grant being reduced or stopped, and the preschool billing you for the unfunded sessions.
If your child qualifies for the Early Years Entitlement Grant and moves to a different setting part-way through the term, we are under no obligation to transfer the grant funding to the new provider. Any transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether we can fill the vacant place with an appropriate child. This may result in you paying full fees to the new provider until the start of a new term.
Early Years Entitlement Grant for 2-year-olds.
The 15 hours EYE entitlement is available for around 40% of 2-year-olds nationally. You can find more details on eligibility and information about how to apply here.
Where possible, confirmation of two-year-olds’ funding should be obtained by 15 July if your child is due to start at Freshford Preschool in September, or 15 November if your child is due to start at Freshford Preschool in January.