2-year-old funding has separate qualifying criteria and can be applied for direct to Leicestershire County Council.
3-year-old funding is known as the Universal Offer (£15 hours per week) and the extended offer (30 hours per week). All parents will need to apply online termly for the Extended Offer at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk in order to be given a qualifying code for the term, we will need this code to access the 30 hours funding for your child.
The 15 hours funding can be used either entirely without additional payment from yourselves, in 3-hour sessions and you can also choose to pay for additional hours and services for longer days, mornings, or afternoons. Some parents may wish to use the nursery only during the term time, we can offer this for 15-hour funding-only sessions however space is limited. Term time bookings cannot be offered on the 30 hours entitlement.
There is a registration fee and deposit of one week's fees to pay before your child starts at the nursery. The deposit is refundable when your child leaves. Fees are invoiced to you monthly and are due in advance in the 1st week of each month. We prefer that you pay by standing order, but will accept cash, cheques, credit and debit cards. We are open 51 weeks in the year, closing for the week between Christmas and New Year. Your monthly fee is calculated as 51 times the weekly fee divided by 12 to give the same payment each month, which helps you to budget and makes Standing Orders simpler to manage. Additional sessions can be booked subject to availability. Fees are reviewed annually, any increases are applied on 1 April and we give you 1 month's notice of any changes. A limited number of term-time only places may be available. You will need to discuss this with your chosen nursery manager.
In addition to the above there are several workplace voucher schemes that some companies have set up for the benefit of their employees which can be worth up to £243 per month. You will need to ask your employer if they operate such a scheme. The Government's Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme will provide 20% towards the cost of childcare up to a maximum of £2,000 per year per child and available to all employees and self-employed people. See here.
We offer a sibling discount of 20% and 10% for NHS staff, (subject to a maximum discount limit of 20%) Discounts cannot be given on Early Years Funding, but will be calculated on the portion of the fees paid by parents. Other discounts are available from time to time for new starters. Please enquire with your chosen nursery.