Aim

To set out the charges for services offered by Mill Hill Nursery School

This charging policy has been formulated in accordance with guidance from the Department for Education ( charging for school activities) November 2013. All charges made by the school meet the requirements of the Education Act 1996 which sets out the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England. Guidance from the schools financial value standard and the scheme of delegation of funding to schools will also be followed.

Charges will not be made for any activities which form part of the school curriculum. No charge can be made for education and care during a child’s 15 hour entitlement.

2 year old provision

Free Nursery Entitlement- 2 year olds

The ‘free nursery entitlement’ is available to any child the term following their second birthday and meets the critieria of eligibility . 2 year olds are offered 15 hours a week across 39 weeks of the year. Sessions are available either 8.45-11.45am or 12.30-3.30pm. Sessions are usually either 5 AM or 5 PM sessions. 

The criteria is as follows:

Families must be in receipt of one of the following benefits to be eligible for a place:

  • Income support
  • Income-base employment and support allowance
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Guarantee element of state pension credit
  • Support of part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit ( including working tax credit) and have an income below £16,190
  • Disability living allowance
  • Current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan
  • Have a child that is in the care of the local authority
  • An adopted child

In order to access the 2 year old ‘free entitlement’ a child’s birth certificate is required and forms need to be completed at the school reception.

Children accessing their free nursery entitlement are admitted at 3 points during the year- September, January and April.

Families are encouraged to continue their child’s education at Mill Hill Nursery School from 2 years through to 5 years.

Fee Paying 2 year old places:

Mill Hill also offers paid places for children accessing the 2 year old provision. Sessions are available either 8.45-11.45am or 12.30-3.30pm. Attendance is for a minimum of 5 sessions every week, usually either all morning or afternoon sessions. Each session costs £9.75. If needed lunch care is £2.50 and a meal is £1.90.

3 and 4 year old provision 

The ‘free nursery entitlement’ is available to any child the term following their third birthday. 3 and 4 year olds are offered 15 hours a week across 39 weeks of the year. Sessions are available either 8.45-11.45am or 12.30-3.30pm. Sessions are usually either 5 AM or 5 PM sessions. 

Children in the main nursery can purchase childcare which can be wrapped around their free nursery entitlement. Childcare is available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm (3.30pm on a Friday.) Each 3 hour session costs £9.75. Breakfast provision is £2.50 per day, after school provision is £3.25 per hour. Lunchtime provision is £2.50 for care and £1.90 for a hot meal.

Payment of Childcare Fees

Childcare fees are paid in advance (monthly.)The School Business Manager will send an invoice to parents/carers breaking down the sessions their son/daughter has attended.

Non – payment of Childcare Fees

If there is a non-payment of childcare fees the school business manager will send out a statement of the outstanding amount. If payment is not forthcoming a meeting will be arranged to discuss a repayment plan. If this plan is not adhered to this may be result in legal action being taken and loss of the childcare place.

Voluntary Contributions

Every day, we have a healthy snack consisting of a drink of milk, water and fruit. Sometimes we have different food linked to special occasions, for example Christmas or the Chinese New Year. We ask for a contribution of £3.00 per term towards the cost of this. Contributions provide financial help for many of our activities that require resources such as cooking, gardening and much more. Families are asked to make a voluntary contribution of £1.00 per week if possible.