Fees and Funding
We offer competitive rates and participate in a range of government funding and childcare support schemes. We accept all childcare vouchers and offer 3–5-year-olds funding.
Our spaces fill very quickly so we do recommend you enquire as early as possible to ensure you get the sessions and start date you require.
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How to Pay your Fees
Our preferred method of payment is via direct debit. We do accept all major credit and debit cards. Payments can be made directly through our Parent Zone app, which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.
Alternatively, you can log on to Parent Zone account to make a payment.ParentZone
30 Hours Funding
We are pleased to be able to offer FREE funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year old children. To find out if you are eligible for funding please contact us for more information, or if you would like to arrange a visit to meet with any of our managers to discuss what options of funding are available to you, please contact us.
We are pleased to offer England’s new 30 hour funded childcare entitlement for 3-5 year olds at of our English Nurseries, and will continue to offer the 15 hour council funded childcare scheme where preferred.
Applying for 30 Hour Funded Childcare
In order to access 30 hours funded childcare, you will need to confirm your eligibility and collect a unique code through HMRC. Eligibility for funded childcare is income-based, and there are set cut-off dates for applying for funded childcare throughout the year.
You will then need to provide our nursery team with your unique code number. We then have to validate this in order for us to arrange to register your child’s place. Acceptance of funded places within our nursery is dependent on our availability.
Scottish children are entitled to 1140hrs funding pro rata*, there are some caveats to cross boundary funding. Not all councils will accept children into a nursery if they reside in another council area or they may only get 600hrs.
Also note that all children get a lunch provided as part of funding, but not if they have secured a cross boundary place.
Different councils also have different start dates, e.g. Glasgow – day after child turns 3; Renfrewshire – the first Monday of the following month after they turn 3; East Renfrewshire – the first OPEN day after the child turns three (in line with school holidays).
Some councils accept applications all year round – Glasgow. Some stop at end February and Children with March – Aug birthdays start in August.
Bookings made under the 30 hour funded contract are subject to supplementary charges, as per Department of Education Guidelines. These charges are designed to cover costs associated with hot lunches, healthy snacks and extracurricular activities over and above the basic funded provision.
How Funding Applies to Your Nursery Fees
Following consultation with our current families, we have decided to ‘stretch’ the 30 hour funding entitlement from term-time only cover to year-round cover full. This equates to 22 hours of funded childcare per week which can be assigned to varied session patterns. If you desire a term-time only place, you may wish to consider 15 hour funding as an alternative.
*if the start on first day schools start in August they get 1140, after that they get a % of the 1140 depending on their start date.30 Hours FREE
If you receive tax credits, the amount you are eligible for may be affected by using childcare vouchers. You can check whether you would be better off taking childcare vouchers through this free online calculator.
Many families do not take advantage of the financial help that is available to them for the cost of childcare. Families on middle as well as low incomes may be entitled to financial support such as Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit. This extra help – called ‘the childcare element of working tax credits’ – is available to individuals on lower incomes to help with the cost of childcare. The amount received is dependent on your circumstances and income, but could cover up to 70% of your childcare costs.
To be eligible, lone parents must work 16 hours or more per week, for couples, both partners must work 16 hours or more or one partner must work 16 hours or more per week if the other is unable to work for specific reasons. To see if you are eligible for assistance, please visit: www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/start/who-qualifies/children/childcare-costs.htmHMRC