Structure & fees

Cherry Blossom Preschool Session Times & Fees 2024

Fees and associated charges are shown below – Effective 1 January 2024.

Fees include all meals and snacks including a cooked lunch.

60We offer the following sessions within our Preschool:

MorningsFee
8.00 – 13.00£37.50
9.00 – 13.00£30
8.45 – 13.00£33
Full DayFee
8.00 – 18.00£65.50
8.00 – 17.00£62.50
8.00 – 15.00£50
9.00 – 17.00£52.50
9.00 – 18.00£58
School DayFee
9.00 – 15.00£45
8.45 – 15.15£48.50
AfternoonFee
13.00 – 17.00£33
13.00 – 18.00£37.50

Additional Hours booked on an ad hoc basis will be charged at the session rate or where a full day 8.00- 18.00 at a rate of £7.50 per hour (i.e., the daily discount rate will not be applied).

FUNDING

All 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to universal funding for early years education of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per annum. 30 hours funding is available to 3 and 4-year-old children of working parents subject to certain eligibility criteria. In addition to this we charge an additional charge which covers all extras provided at Cherry Blossom Preschool over and above the provision of high quality, flexible childcare: specifically:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Consumables
  • Forest School
  • PE sessions
  • Yoga sessions
  • Increased staff ratios and quality of staff
    Additional services which serve to increase the quality of provision (e.g., Makaton Friendly accreditation/cultural diversity training/ CPD projects etc)

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

The 15 or 30-hour funding can be taken over any sessions to cover the full cost of that session. The additional charge that parents will then be asked to pay are as follows:

SessionSupplementary Charge
Morning£12.00
School Day£14.00
Fullday£16.00

For children attending all year funding may be stretched over the whole year. The maximum number of hours claimed in a year will be 570 hours for (15 hours per week) or 1140 hours (for 30 hours per week). If funding is stretched this will equate to 11.2 hours per week for the universal funding or 22.3 hours per week for the extended funding. If hours are taken over the entitlement of free hours charges are applied at our normal fee rate. For lower income families or those children that are disadvantaged we will make exceptional arrangements to offer access to early years provision completely free from extra charges for additional services. Please contact us to discuss. 2-YEAR-OLD FUNDING Certain two-year-old children whose families receive some kind of support may be eligible for 15 hours per week free childcare for 38 weeks per annum. In such cases the funding covers the full cost of fees but not for lunches. In such cases a supplement of £4.00 per day will be charged to cover meals.

INVOICING AND PAYMENT OF FEES

REGISTRATION FEE/DEPOSITS

A registration fee of £100 is payable prior to commencement, £50 of which is a deposit and is refundable from the second invoice. The registration fee is non-refundable in the event of the child not starting.

Late Payments

A late payment surcharge of 3% will be charged on any balance outstanding at the end of the invoice payment period.

Late pick up charges

Where children are not collected by 6pm a late pick-up charge will be applied as follows:

  • up to the first 30 minutes £12.50
  • after the first half hour and for every half hour thereafter £12.50

Late pickups after the session finish time will be charged at £7.50 per hour for every part of the hour after the finish time.

CALCULATION OF FEES and INVOICING

ALL YEAR CONTRACTS/ TERM TIME CONTRACTS

Actual use itemised invoices are issued each month for both all year contracts and term time only contracts. These will fluctuate depending on the number of sessions each month.

Invoices are sent out approximately one week before the start of each month and are payable by the first of each month.

SUPPORT WITH CHILDCARE COSTS

EMPLOYER VOUCHER SCHEMES

We accept vouchers from most Employer Voucher Providers. Please advise us if you intend to use these vouchers.

Voucher payments must be set up so that they are paid in advance of the month they are being used to pay. Many employers pay their staff at the end of the month and thus if the voucher is not received in advance you will become in arrears with your payments and attract a late payment fee.

It is your responsibility to keep track of your voucher payments and ensure that they are being paid as expected.

We allow some flexibility for payment of termly invoices with vouchers, as the term period will often cover two months. As long as the second voucher has been received by a week before the start of the next term a late payment fee will not apply.

TAX FREE CHILDCARE SCHEME

To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning at least £167 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year.

You could get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year). If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider. You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

The scheme is available for children up to the age of 11 and under so can be used for before and after school care as well as nursery care.

Any eligible working family can use the Tax-Free Childcare scheme – it doesn’t rely on employers offering it

For more details on support that is available for childcare costs visit: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

To locate the correct provider you will need to use our OFSTED Registration Code:

CHERRY BLOSSOM PRESCHOOL 2692454

FUNDED HOURS – available for all children the term after their THIRD birthday.
Please note Term dates start on 1 September / 1 January / 1 April for funding purposes

  • 15 hour universal funding for all 3 and 4year olds – “universal offer”
  • 30 hour funding for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds – “additional offer”

For more details on eligibility go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

FEE REVIEW

Fees are now reviewed annually in January.

Terms and Conditions

Please download and read our Terms and Conditions by clicking here (opens a PDF).