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How to apply and nursery fees

Day Nursery Fees for children under 3 years, 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018

2017/18 Full time Weekly Rate Half day Rate Daily Rate
Non University £242.50 £30.50 £59.50
University Staff and Students £226.90 £28.50 £55.40

Prices include all meals, snacks and drinks.

Preference is given to those children who require full time, 2 day or 3 day places and 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions.

Fees are billed monthly in advance and are calculated on the basis of the nursery being open for 50.8 weeks a year as follows: fee = weekly fee x 50.8/12. Any additional sessions will be invoiced separately; however permanent changes will result in a re-calculation of your fees.

Full fees are payable from the agreed start date. If you decide to delay your child’s start date, fees are still payable from the original agreed start date. A £250 deposit and £50 registration fee is required on booking your child at nursery. Unfortunately deposits are non-refundable if the child does not start at nursery.

All sessions missed for any reason including holidays and sickness are payable in full.

No concessions exist for any weeks where Bank, Public or staff training days occur. (A schedule of dates is available from the nursery and on the website.) This means full fees payable for these times with the exception of the University closed days which will be automatically deducted from your invoice. Fees will be charged where the nursery is closed temporarily in exceptional circumstances or inclement weather.

Nursery Education Funding for two-, three- and four-year-old children

The Government provides Universal Entitlement to all children aged three and four-years old.

The Elms/Oaks Day Nursery offers both Universal Entitlement (15 Hours) and Extended (30 Hours) Entitlement , which are stretched across 50.8 weeks with deductions being made from your monthly invoices.

Funded only attendance is limited to the Universal Entitlement (15 hours) and is subject to availability. It is offered daily between 1pm and 4pm.

Two-year-old funding is not a free entitlement, the child/family will need to meet a criteria based on family benefits. If the family is in receipt of the following benefits they will be eligible: income support, income based Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credits at a higher rate than family element, Extra Working Tax Credits relating to a disability, Pension Credit, NASS (National Asylum Support Service).




Payment Methods
Nursery fees are payable in advance and payments can be made by:-

  • University Employees tax credit scheme via salary sacrifice.
  • Childcare vouchers (Busy Bees, Accor, Care4, etc) via monthly invoice. Payment from your chosen scheme needs to be released promptly to ensure invoice is paid in full on receipt. Any shortfall can be paid with cash or personal cheque.
  • Direct Debit Mandate, collected on the 14th day of each month.

To apply for a nursery place for your child please complete our:

Please note: to process your application we must have a signed terms and conditions.

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