Fees - Frequently asked questions
Full & Part Time Rates
Full Time Care (0-5 year olds)
Full time timings and rate: from £6.50 p/hour (5 days per week)
Part Time Care (0-5 year olds) - 4 days per week or less from £7.50 p/hour
As I will be taking your child to local groups, events & outings, there will be certain activities with higher entrance fees or fuel costs will incur additional charges. I will always speak to you before booking outings or attractions that will incur additional fees and all charges will be pre-approved and itemised on your invoice. (Most outings and trips (Discovery Centre, the Living Rainforest etc..) are included in my fees, unless advised otherwise)
Childcare and Early Education Entitlements
I offer the following: the universal entitlement for all 3- and 4-year-olds; the extended entitlement for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds with working parents; and the 2-year-old entitlement. The universal entitlement for all 3- and 4-year-olds & the 2-year-old entitlement - 570 free hours per year (also known as 15 hours free Government funding)
For funded sessions only, the timings are 09:00 - 12:00. There is a charge of £3.00 per session to cover the cost of food and basic resources. All trips are not included and will be chargeable, this will be pre-approved with you and itemised on your invoice. If you are accessing your free funding and attending full time your funded hours will be divided across the year and deducted from your invoice monthly.
The extended entitlement for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds with working parents - 1140 free hours per year (also known as 30 hours free Government funding) For funded sessions only, the timings are 09:00 - 15:00. There is a charge of £6.00 per session to cover the cost of food and basic resources. All trips are not included and will be chargeable, this will be pre-approved with you and itemised on your invoice. If you are accessing your free funding and attending full time your funded hours will be divided across the year and deducted from your invoice monthly.
Parents will be required to fully complete a Parent Declaration Form in order for me to claim any funding and deliver funded care. When registering for a Government funded placement all forms need to be completed and paperwork checked before Reading Council’s official headcount date. For more information on all entitlements, and to check eligibility criteria please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Additional & Ocassional charges
I may make a charge for certain additional services, such as outings to attractions that have very expensive entrance fees. I will always speak to you in advance before booking outings or attractions that will incur additional fees.
Please note that if you are accessing one of the childcare and early years entitlements, that government funding is not intended to cover the cost of meals, other consumables, additional hours or additional services. If you are only accessing funded hours, then these charges are optional and are not a condition of accessing a free place. All additional charges will be itemised on your invoice. If you experience difficulties meeting the cost of these additional services, please speak to me.
Late payment fee: Late payment incurs a fee of £10.00 per week.
Unsociable hours: My usual working hours are from 07:30 until 18:30. If you require care outside of these hours, the fee will be £10 per hour (adjusted accordingly for less than 1 hr)
It is my policy to charge a deposit of 4 weeks fees, however a minimum of 1 weeks fees can be charged but will be dependant on how you will be paying your fees and the hours that you will be accessing. If your child is taking up a funded place, this deposit will be fully refunded when they take up their place as planned. Please see your contract for details of the different types of deposit.
Fees During Planned Holidays and Sickness
Childminder sickness: No fee charged & Parent/child sickness: Full fee charged
Childminder holiday: No fee charged & Parent/child holiday: Full fee charged
Bank holidays: No fee charged.
I take 2-3 weeks of holiday each year on average, for which no fee will be charged. I will normally share my holiday dates with you in January of each year. Parent/children’s holiday will incur a full charge, hence normal fees will apply. My setting is closed on bank and public holidays in England and no fees will apply. If you require childcare on a bank holiday, please let me know in advance and I will see what I can accommodate. Official bank holidays dates can be found on https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays