Within the first 2 weeks of each term, you will receive a bill from our treasurer outlining the number of sessions in the term and the cost of the sessions your child is expected to attend.
The fees with effect from 1st April 2023 are:
- Early start 9am-9.15am (0.25 hours) : £1.25
- Morning session 9.15am – 11.45am (2.5hrs) : £12.50
- Lunch session 11.45am – 1pm (1.25hrs) : £6.25
- Afternoon Session 1pm – 3pm (2hrs) : £10.00
- additional hours to your child’s free early years education entitlement are charged at £5.00 an hour
- From September 2020, we are asking for a voluntary 50p per day as a contribution towards our snack and sundry costs. (We provide healthy snacks during the morning session to all children.)
All children are entitled to 15 hours free early years education per week from the term after their 3rd Birthday until they start Primary school.
Some children may be eligible for 30 hours free early years education per week. Some 2 years old are also eligible for funding before their 3rd Birthday.
If your child is eligible for free early education then the bill will be reduced accordingly. For a 3 year old attending 4 sessions including lunch where the 15 hours free early education is claimed for SeeSaw only, there will not be any fees charged for the hours attended (however we still ask parents accessing free hours to make the voluntary contribution for snack and sundries).
Free Early Education hours – (View FEEP for Wingham Preschool HERE) which outlines the sessions your child could attend with us with your free hours entitlement. Please note that sessions are all subject to availability – entitlement to a Free Early Education place does not offer a guarantee of a place with us or a particular pattern of delivery.
To claim free early education, we need to have seen certain documents at the start (birth certificate etc) and every 2 terms we will issue a form to you which MUST be completed and returned by the due date – if not, then we cannot claim the free early education for your child and we would therefore require payment from you – so do please ensure that you always complete your parental declaration forms on time!
If you are eligible for 30 hours of free early education, you will need to provide the eligibilty code on the funding form and ensure that it is re-validated every three months.
If you are accessing a Free 4 2 place, we will need a copy of the eligibilty email BEFORE your child starts.
Where free early education does not apply, you will be required to pay the bill for the term by the due date on the invoice. Payment can be by cash, cheque or BACS transfer. Details are on the invoice.
We ask parents to pay for the full term if they can. However, if you would prefer to pay each week, please speak to the treasurer. We would expect sessions for the week to be paid for by Friday of the week before or Monday morning at the latest (so always in advance except the first weeks).
If you have any difficulty paying any bill, PLEASE speak to our chair or treasurer in absolute confidence. They are here to help – we never want to get to the point where a persistent outstanding bill requires further action.
Finally, if you go on holidays, we do have a holiday form that you need to complete. This is a requirement for 3 year old funded children but we ask all parents to complete one.
TAX FREE CHILDCARE ACCOUNT
A new government initiative to help with childcare costs, this scheme enables you to pay into a childcare account with HMRC and you can then pay your fees from your childcare account.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
For some years, schools have been given extra funding for some children who meet the free school meal criteria; this money is used to support children’s individual learning. Some children in early years groups may also get this.
The funding is called Early Years Pupil Premium and we may be able to get extra money to spend on your child’s learning if you are on certain benefits or they have been in care.
The EYPP can be claimed as part of the 15 hour funding claim process. You simply need to provide the additional details on the funding claim form to enable us to claim the EYPP as well.
Please speak to any member of the Staff for more information.
The money will be used to support your child to have all the skills they need to be ‘school-ready’.