If you are interested in your child joining playgroup then please complete the above application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and Charges
Confirmation of session fees will be given with your offer letter. We do not offer discounts for siblings.
If parents access hours above the free entitlement they will be charged per hour at a rate set by the committee. Parents will be notified of the charge when the child’s hours are confirmed.
Current Fees: £6.10 per hour (April 2019)
In England some 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours free early education and childcare. In addition some 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for up to an additional 15 hours. This is for 38 weeks a year but may be stretched to enable you to claim less hours over more weeks.
The date in which your child can start claiming 15 hours of free childcare depends on when their birthday is:
|Child’s Birthday||When you can start claiming|
|1 January to 31 March||Summer Term (from 1 April)|
|1 April to 31 August||Autumn Term (From 1 September)|
|1 September||Spring Term (From 1 January )|
Funded places are available through a range of providers including Childminders, Pre-schools, Day Nurseries, Maintained Nurseries and Schools with nursery classes or earlier years provision who are approved by Buckinghamshire County Council to deliver funded places.
What is 2 year old funding?
Based on a range of criteria the funding gives your child up to 15 hours a week of learning opportunities in a play based, safe and nurturing environment. This gives your child the chance to mix with other children and perhaps try out activities which may not be possible at home. It also gives you, the parent, 15 hours a weeks to study, return to or look for work.
What is 3 and 4 year old funding?
Universal 3 and 4 year old funding
Every child that is 3 or 4 years old is automatically entitled to 15 hours of free childcare the term after their 3rd birthday. As for 2 year old funding, this can only be accessed at approved childcare providers.
Extended 3 and 4 year old funding
The additional 15 hours funding is also known as the ’30 hours free childcare’. This is an extension of the 3 and 4 year old funding, but unlike the universal entitlement you must match the eligibility criteria. If you are found to be eligible you will be given a validity code to enable to claim up to an additional 15 hours from a Buckinghamshire County Council approved provider.
Deposits / Registration Fees
We charge a registration fee of £50 payable once you have been offered a space (correct as of Feb 2020) . Parents who are receiving 2 year old funding are able to claim this back if required.
Lunches / Snacks
Lunch club is delivered as part of the learning experience and therefore it can be included in a child’s free 15 hours entitlement. No compulsory fees will be charged for food at lunch time. Parents are expected to provide a lunch (including a drink) for their child.
You will need to contribute to the drink and snack that your child is offered during each session. If your child requires particular food or drink which we do not routinely stock, you may be asked to supply this yourself.
Parents have the option to purchase Pre-school uniform for their child; this consists of t-shirts and sweat shirts. Uniform is not compulsory. Second hand uniform is often available for a small voluntary donation.
Voluntary donations are requested for sundries which are not covered by your funding. Parents are expected to provide their own nappies, wipes, suncream etc. Items such as soap, hand towels etc are included in your free entitlement.
Holiday and Sickness
You must still pay fees even if your child does not attend on a particular session (e.g. family holiday; child sickness). This is because their space is still kept for them and we still have to pay staff wages and other costs.
Bank Holidays and Inset Days
Our fees are reviewed by the committee every spring. It is likely that they will increase by a small amount each year and this increase will come into force each April. Fees will not normally increase at any other time of the year. If we have to increase fees during the year for reasons beyond our control, parents will always be given 28 days advance notice of this.
Parents will receive an invoice from us before the beginning of each half-term period. A half-term period is usually between five and seven weeks. The invoice will show clearly what the charges are in relation to. Fees are payable in advance and are due before the first day of the period they relate to (the first day of each half term). Please pay via internet banking or through employer childcare voucher systems (please ask for details).
If you are experiencing financial difficulties then you must speak to Becky as soon as you can. We may be able to arrange for you to pay in installments. There are sometimes additional ways that we can help you. Speak to the Pre-school Manager and bring details and proof of your current financial situation.