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Fees and Payments

Here's a quick summary of info about our fees and funding.  Please contact us for more detail or with any questions you may have.

Fees - From 4 September 2017 

  •  £4.30 per child, per hour for all non-funded hours (increasing to £4.60 from September 2018)

  •  Registration/Administration fee -  £35 one-off fee on joining (only charged if you are paying for non-funded sessions)

  •  Snack - 25p per half day session (only charged if you are paying for non-funded sessions) (increasing to 30p from September 2018)

Stretton Pre-School will review fees annually in the Summer Term.  All existing parent/carers will be notified in writing of any planned changes to fees by the end of the academic year.

 

Early Years Childcare Funding

We are able to offer places for parents/carers wishing to use their funding entitlement as well as non-funded places (or a combination of both).

  • Universal offer: All children aged 3 & 4 years are eligible for a minimum of 15 hours of funded childcare per week from the term after their 3rd birthday.
  • Extended offer: From Sept 2017 an additional 15 hours per week for 3 & 4 year olds of working families, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.  
  • Funded 2s: Some children are eligible at 2 years, from the term following their 2nd birthday, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.  

Information, including an on-line eligibility checker, can be found here: childcarechoices.gov.uk   If you wish to book either Funded 2 or Extended offer sessions please check your eligibility and have your eligibility code ready for us.

The charges shown above in the ‘Fees’ section do not apply if you are ONLY accessing your funded entitlement with Stretton Pre-School.  However, if a funded child also attends additional non-funded hours then the Registration/Admin Fee will still apply and the snack charge will be applied, but only for those sessions that are not funded.

Please be aware that we are bound by the Government and Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) rules regarding changing the number of hours you can claim during a term and changes to your claim as follows;

  •  Universal Funding (up to 15 hours per week) for 3/4 Year olds & Funded 2 Year olds - Please note that increases to the total of number of hours per week can only be made for the current term up until half term. So, for example, if you are not claiming your full 15 hours and wish to increase the hours at any stage before the end of term then you need to request this before half term
  • Extended Funding (16 - 30 hours per week) for 3/4 Year olds - If you have applied and are eligible for the additional funding for children of working families please note that we cannot claim these hours or increase the total number of hours claimed part way through a term. Our claim for Extended hours must be with the Early Years funding team at CCC by the deadline at the start of each term. Therefore when you obtain an eligibility code you will have to wait until the next full term to access the hours. Also, as we cannot increase the claim on these hours part way through the term, you should tell us at the start of the term if you plan to increase at any time during the term so that we can claim the correct total number of hours for the whole term

Whilst we always try to accommodate your requests for changes to sessions it is of course subject to capacity and availability in your child's room. We have upper limits on numbers to ensure we do not exceed the relevant child to adult ratio.

Tax-free Childcare

You may also benefit from tax-free childcare if you are working and we are register to adminster this.  The website childcarechoices.gov.uk  provides information and enables you to check which scheme is best for you.

  

Invoicing

Fees are invoiced in advance of each month and are payable by the 1st of the month.  If your child starts part way through a month you will receive an invoice immediately for the part-month.  Where fees remain unpaid by the 5th day of the month we reserve the right to withdraw any non-funded hours immediately until payment is received.  If fees remain unpaid by the 7th day of the month a £10 late payment fee will be levied per child.

 

Please note that where a child does not attend their scheduled sessions due to illness, or other days off at the choice of parent/carers (e.g. holidays), pre-school fees are NOT refunded.

How to Pay

Our preferred method of payment is by BACs; please see your invoice for our bank details.  Please use your child’s name as a payment reference when setting up your transaction

 

Alternatively you can pay by any of the following methods: 

    ·     Cheque – payable to ‘Stretton Pre-School’ with your child’s name on the reverse

    ·      Childcare Vouchers – please advise us of the voucher company name, reference name or number used. Allow up to 5 days for vouchers to reach our account when setting up your payment

    ·      Cash – exact amount in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and invoice number. A receipt will be issued for all cash payments handed in to pre-school, however it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that they have been given a receipt.

 

 

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Last updated: 22/05/2018