The Money Bit
We try to keep the fees simple, which is why we have adopted the ” all-inclusive approach”. We understand that parents and carers are very busy and consequently there’s no need to remember to pack meals, drinks, waterproofs or nappies, as we provide pretty much everything your child will need at the nursery. We also provide vegetarian, vegan, and a range of free from foods for any intolerances, preferences or allergies. Please see further down the page for more details of our inclusive approach.
The following price tables show the fees for a full or half day as well as the monthly cost, where we take the weekly fee and multiply by 50 weeks then divide by 12 months. This consistent amount makes it easier for your budgeting and nursery administration. The reason we multiply the weekly amount by 50 and not 52 is that we are closed for bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year, so you don’t pay for this closure.
Discounts are offered for siblings, employees of the NHS, American Express, Legal and General and for full time bookings (the monthly figures shown for full time will be subject to a 5% discount).
Funding – don’t forget that there are many sources of financial assistance with nursery fees such as EYFE (free places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, currently providing up to £180 per month from the fees below), workplace vouchers soon to be replaced by tax free childcare, student funding, special needs assistance and tax credits. Please see our detailed page on the options available.
Fees (From June 2016)
CHILDREN 3 – 5 YEARS
|Sessions per week||1||2||3||4||5|
|Full day session||£50.00||£50.00||£50.00||£50.00||£50.00|
|Half day session||N/A||£29.00||£29.00||£29.00||£29.00|
CHILDREN 0 – 2 YEARS
|Sessions per week||1||2||3||4||5|
|Full day session||£53.00||£53.00||£53.00||£53.00||£53.00|
|Half day session||N/A||£30.00||£30.00||£30.00||£30.00|
Included in our Fees
Our ” all-inclusive ” approach means that there is nothing more to pay for almost everything your child needs at nursery, however, if you would like to provide anything specific then please let us know. Here is what we provide at no extra cost:
Breakfast – toast, porridge, cereal and fruit
Morning snack – fruit, breadsticks, crackers, vegetable dip
Home cooked lunch – four week rotating menu freshly prepared in our award winning kitchen
Home cooked tea – high tea on the same rotating menu basis as lunch
Vegetarian, vegan, and a range of free from foods – for any intolerances, preferences or allergies
Afternoon snack – for those staying until 6.00 p.m.
Constant supply of filtered water – provided by Aquaid on a mains filter
Bambo eco-friendly nappies – great for the environment and gentle for babies and toddlers
Wipes, creams, lotions – alcohol and additive free wipes, and good quality skin creams
Sun cream – two leading brands provided, child friendly and factor 30 minimum
Formula milk – all the leading brands provided
Weaning menu for babies – specially devised for our youngest children
Waterproof trousers and tops – we provide quality all-weather clothing for our unpredictable climate
Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching – Our staff are fully qualified to teach the EYFS
Parent Portal – access to a range of facilities such as your child’s EYFS Development Profile
Forest School – structured activities in our very own forest next door
Non-chargeable extras – such as Music and Movement, trips to parks, farms and wildlife reserves.
The Not Very Small Print
- Our fees are payable calendar monthly in advance by direct debit or nursery voucher on or before the 7th of each month. In exceptional circumstances we can accommodate other forms of payment, to be discussed with the Nursery Manager upon booking.
- If you are paying by voucher then please let us know the company you are using and ensure that your child’s name is used as the reference when the payment is made. If the voucher does not cover the entire fee, then any balance will be collected by direct debit. Please remember that both parents / carers are entitled to redeem the voucher.
- In order to book a place at our Nursery please call us for a Booking Form and we will advise you of the fees and a holding deposit. A booking fee is charged in order to reflect the fact that we have turned someone else away in order to secure your place. The booking fee will be offset against the last month of your child’s attendance at the nursery and also taking into account any other unpaid fees to that point.
- We understand that from time to time changes can occur and we will endeavour to be reasonable given the circumstances. Should the booking hours increase then the deposit is adjusted to reflect this change. Should the booking hours decrease then the deposit remains payable at the original commitment level. We need at least 8 WEEKS written notice to be provided of any changes to the booking or when your child finally leaves the nursery. We will try to accommodate shorter notice periods especially if we are able to cover the change with another booking.
- There is a minimum booking commitment for all children aged 0 to 5 years of 2 half days or 1 full day. Bookings must be for the same session(s) each week and as previously mentioned, appropriate notice must be provided for any changes.
- Our fees apply to standard hours of 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. for a full day and 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. or 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. for a half day. Fees are calculated evenly over a 50 week year and reflect an adjustment for bank holiday days and the period between Christmas and New Year, when the nursery is not open.
- Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for a child’s absence of whatever nature including holidays, sickness and nursery closure due to bad weather. Exceptional circumstances can be discussed with the Nursery Manager.
- Fees are reviewed annually and 8 weeks minimum notice will be provided before any changes are made.
- Extra sessions can either be paid for on the day or collected with the following month’s direct debit. Credit cards are accepted for extras payments. Extras are for additional sessions or additional hours and subject to availability.
- Discounts are available for siblings in the nursery and apply for the duration that both children are attending. The rate of this discount will be 5% and it applies to the older of the two siblings. When the older child leaves the nursery, the discount is not passed down.
- Discounts are also available for full time bookings and to employees of American Express, Legal and General, the NHS and employees of Brighton and Hove City Council (subject to a minimum booking of 2 full days or 4 half days).