Fees and Payment

Fees

Fees are charged at the beginning of every ½ term so will vary in the number of weeks charged for. Our charges are in line with what the government gives for the funding of children and this is currently £5.50 per hour. We do not have any additional Top Up charges or deposits to ensure you only pay for what you use. You will be charged for the hours you book your child in for as credits are not given for non-attendance. Additional attendance hours will be added onto the next bill. You will have a date of which to pay the full amount or will be subject to a surcharge for a late payment. This is all explained on your invoice.

One months’ notice is required for reduction of hours or of any child leaving Mini Explorers. Invoices MUST be paid or you risk losing your place, being fined or legal proceedings.

For any late collection of your child after 3pm a fine of £5.00 for every ¼ of a hour or part of will be incurred. A letter will be given to you on collection as all children must be off the premises by 3pm for insurance purposes. This should be paid to the member of staff on duty.

Help with Fees – you may be eligible for the following:

  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Nursery education funding for 2year olds (15hrs)
  • Nursery education funding for 3 and 4 year olds (15hrs or 30hrs)

Child tax Credit – this can be claimed by families with an income of up to £66K per year

Working Tax Credit – you may be eligible for this credit to top up your earnings and help pay for childcare.

Childcare Vouchers – Your employer may run a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme where you agree to have part of your salary paid in childcare vouchers. This reduces the amount of tax and NI that you pay. Both parents can claim this. Information can be found online or by contacting the Early Years Information Service on 0116 305 6545.

Funding

Funding is available for some eligible 2 year olds up to 15hrs. To find out if you are eligible you must apply online: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds  You will then be given a code which you can give to us on your funding form to allow us to claim your hours. Funding forms are given out in your welcome pack and you can apply up to 1 term before you start. Please note you MUST apply every term to ensure you are still eligible to claim.

3 Year Olds – ALL children are eligible for 15hrs funded childcare from the term AFTER they turn 3 years old. To claim this, you simply complete a funding form (in your welcome pack) and we can then claim up to 15hrs for you. Additional hours will be invoiced.

Some children are eligible for 30hrs funding and you can apply online: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare You will then be given a code which you can give to us on your funding form to allow us to claim your hours. Funding forms are given out in your welcome pack and you can apply up to 1 term before you start. Please note you MUST apply every term to ensure you are still eligible to claim.

Funding can be split between 2 settings; you just complete the funding form saying how many hours you wish for us to claim. Additional hours can then be invoiced. You must attend a minimum of 2.5hrs for us to claim any funding.

Funding forms MUST be completed by the deadline date. Failure to complete and return the form in time will result in you receiving an invoice for the term.