Under the Oxfordshire Early Years Plan, every child over 3 is entitled to 15 hours free early years education.
The funding for your child starts the term after their third birthday.
This is dependent on term dates and there is no flexibility.
For example, if the term starts on 1st April and your child’s third birthday is 2nd April, you will have to wait until the start of the next term for funding.
The Oxfordshire Early Years Plan still works on a three term basis so please ask us to confirm the exact date that your child will be funded from. All you have to do is register your child with us and we do the rest.
From September 2017, 30 hours will be available for 3 and 4-year-old children of working parents in England. This is in addition to the existing 15 hours, which all 3 and 4-year-olds, and some 2-year-olds, can currently receive.
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If your child starts Preschool before they are three, you will have to pay for each session attended prior to the date that funding is available. Your child may be eligible for funded 2 year old education, which we are also able to offer. Please contact us for more information.
The cost for each session (from Jan 2019) is currently 2 year olds and unfunded 3 year olds is £15.50 (inclusive of 50p snack contribution),Funded 3+ year olds for any session over your funded 15 hours is £13.50 (inclusive of 50p snack contribution). Lunch Club in addition to a morning session is £5.00 for the additional hour to 1pm, Lunch club is included in our afternoon session so there is no additional charge.
We have a limited number of spaces for children eligible for 30 hour funding, if your child is given a funded space then an invoice will be issued for snack and lunch club.
There is a minimum requirement of two sessions per week to allow your child to build trust and continuity.
You will be invoiced at the start of each term and payment is to be made by standing order in monthly instalments. Fees are due in advance of your child’s attendance as we can not offer credit facilities. Should the fees get into arrears, a letter will be sent explaining that if the situation is not rectified within one week, then the child’s place may be taken by another child on our waiting list. If you are in financial difficulty please talk to Maria Dix or Hannah Bathe in confidence.
Fees continue to be payable whenever a child is absent from Preschool, whether it be for unexpected illness or a planned holiday.
Parents of children who receive early years funding will receive an invoice for snack contributions of 50p per session, as this is not included within EYFS funding.