You can fund your child’s Kindergarten place using the government funded hours or pay for your child’s place. We do not have any restrictions on when or how you can use your funded hours. We do ask for a daily Sustainability fee if using the funded hours.
Sustainability Fee (Funded hours only)
We request that parents/carers contribute towards the delivery of our provision at the cost of £16.50 per day.
The following is taken from our local provider agreement with the council:
“Government funding is intended to cover the cost to deliver 15 or 30 hours a week of free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the cost of meals, consumables, additional hours or additional services.
It is, therefore, necessary that we apply a charge for lunch, consumables and additional services.
The fee goes towards the following and more:
– Daily Forest School opportunities
– Qualified Steiner teachers working directly with the children
– Qualified Forest School leaders working directly with the children
– A range of enrichment activities
– Specialist resources
– High quality toys
We call it a Sustainability fee as without this additional income, and if we were to rely solely on the funding from the Government, our provision wouldn’t be able to operate according to our vision and values.
This Sustainability fee is only applied to those using government-funded hours. It does not apply to those paying the daily fee of £46.20. You will be invoiced monthly for this additional contribution.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Laurel Farm Kindergarten actively seeks to claim Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for families that meet the criteria, for example, who receive universal credit or who are on low income. Early Years Pupil Premium is given directly to us so that we can make the setting accessible to the aforementioned families. Laurel Farm Kindergarten will use the EYPP in three ways:
1. Provide free lunches
2. Reduction in additional fees
3. Provide high quality resources and play equipment.
Families that are entitled to EYPP therefore receive 80% of the extra funding directly in their termly invoice, whilst 20% is retained by the Kindergarten to fund high quality resources.
For more information on our fees please read our admission policy
Make payments payable to:
Laurel Farm Kindergarten
Sort code 56-00-34
For more details on our terms and conditions please click here
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to the Early Education Funding for up to 30 hours per week. The amount is calculated by the Local Education Authority and paid directly to the kindergarten. The entitlement is given in the term following the child turning age 3. Children who qualify for the grant will receive free basic nursery care and parents will be charged a sustainable fee for all food and consumables.