Pricing & Funding
At Circus Day Nursery we offer an inclusive price for all age groups, which means there are no hidden surprises for you on your invoice. Our fees cover all snacks, meals, nappies, accessories, disposal and baby formula milk. (The only exception is when parents are in receipt of Government Free funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. This funding covers only basic childcare costs, so additional drinks, snacks, food, nappies and accessories etc will be charged as extra during your ‘free funded’ period only.) Our pricing structure is defined, offering part time and full time sessions, with the full daily rate discounted and weekly rate discounted even further.
A one off registration fee of £50.00 per child applies, to cover all administration and paperwork associated with new starters.
The table below shows our new rates from April 1st 2018:
- Morning session (8.00am to 12.55pm) = £31.50
- Afternoon session (1.05pm to 6.00pm) = £30.50
- All day session (8.00am to 6.00pm) = £58.00
- All day for full-timers (8.00am to 6.00pm) = £53.25
- Morning = £30.50
- Afternoon = £29.50
- All day = £56.00
- All day for full-timers = £51.25
Over Threes(Only during Free Funding eligibility)
- Fee for hours within the free funded hours = £0.00
- Optional hourly food and consumables charge = £1.25
- Hourly rate for hours over and above the free funded hours = £5.60
- Hourly rate for hours over and above the free funded hours (full-timers) = £5.15
We accept most childcare vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their eligible employees as an e-voucher. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they are both in employment. Further information can be found at www.childcarevouchers.co.uk.
Tax credits are available from HM Revenue and Customs, based on household circumstances. You may be able to access help with the cost of ‘Ofsted approved’ childcare, if you are working for a minimum of 16 hours per week. Check on-line at https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/tax-credits for further information and eligibility.
Free Government funding
The government funds local authorities to offer early education places free for 2 year olds (subject to certain criteria) and for 3/4 year olds in settings inspected by Ofsted. Circus Day Nursery is part of this scheme and will receive a basic amount per hour for your child up to a maximum of 15 hours per week. Three year old children will receive the eligible grant funding following the first term after their third birthday. This scheme is outside of Circus Day Nursery pricing strategy, and is not all inclusive. (This funding covers basic childcare, and does not include consumables such as drinks, snacks, food, nappies, accessories etc) You will receive further information from the setting when you meet with us. Two year old funding is applied for through Gloucester County Council as this is subject to individual criteria.
In a bid to help parents understand the new Government Funding initiative being offered in September 2017, here is a simple fact sheet, whilst we still wait further information from the Local Authority.
This 30 hours Free Childcare Scheme is optional to each provider and whilst not every setting will be accepting this funding due to the shortfall in covering the full cost of delivery, we at Circus are considering offering limited spaces of stretched funding over 51 weeks of the year to parents.
Due to this incentive being in support of working parents, coupled with the fact Circus Day Nursery and Pre School is a private all year round setting (not term time only) it would be in parents’ and the setting’s preferred interest and for budgeting purposes to offer stretch funding over the year, not term time only. In this model its best for parents to review this as an annual 1140 hours per child.
The application and verification is applied via the government website to determine eligibility. If you are currently in receipt of tax credits, you may wish to complete an assessment on the government website to ascertain which option will be in your best interests.
If a parent meets the criteria for the funded hours they will be issued a DERN number from the government site, which must then be provided to the setting. The setting will then check availability of sessions and spaces available and notify you accordingly.
Please note we have been informed the DERN number is only valid for a short period (approx. 3 months) so whilst applying early will give you an idea of eligibility you may also need to re apply nearer the September 2017 commencement date. The DERN number will need to be applied for throughout the year to ensure ongoing eligibility.
When we have further confirmed information from Gloucestershire County Council, we will endeavour to update you as appropriate.
Thank you for your patience and understanding that we have also been waiting for this important information to be confirmed and clarified.