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.
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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.
The cost for each session is currently:
- 2 year olds and unfunded 3 year olds is £16.00 (inclusive of 50p snack contribution per session)
- Funded 3+ year olds for any session over your funded 15 hours is £14.00 (inclusive of 50p snack contribution per session).
- 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.
Please note prices are reviewed annually, prices will remain the same for the 2021/22 but will be reviewed for September 2022
We have a limited number of spaces for children eligible for 30 hour funding, We cannot guarantee a 30 hour space will be available as soon as your child becomes eligible. This subject to availability. If your child is given a funded space then an invoice will be issued for snack.
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 can be made by bank payment or cash either weekly, monthly or termly. Full payment must be made by the date stipulated on the termly invoice. 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 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 EY funding. If a child receives 2 year funding the cost of snack is included in this funding however when they turn 3 and transfer to 15 hours of Early Years funding you will be charged 50p per session for snack
Snack is served both in the morning and afternoon session. We offer a selection of fruit, vegetables, dairy and carbohydrates for snack along with fresh ice cold milk and water