From the term after their third birthday all children are entitled to fifteen hours per week in a registered early years setting. This includes lunch club as well as educational sessions. You will be asked to fill in an Early Years Grant Form and supply proof of your child's identification such as a birth certificate; the original document will need to be seen. This will be copied and returned to you immediately. Please ensure you do not leave the building without it. If for any reason your child is absent from a session; illness or holiday for example, it is essential that you inform Playgroup as soon as possible and preferably in writing. We are subject to regular checks of the register to ensure children are attending all the sessions claimed for. If for any reason Playgroup found itself in the position of being penalised for any un-notified absences, parents would be asked to refund the group for the lost revenue.
If you want your child to attend more than fifteen funded hours, or you are using all or part of the Early Years Grant at another setting, our fees are very reasonable at £4.12 per hour. This price includes a generous 15% prompt payment discount: please refer to our billing policy for details. Any parent having difficulty paying their fees should notify the administrator or chairperson immediately and further arrangements may be made. It is playgroup policy to go to court to recover unpaid fees.
From April 2011 we are registered with Ofsted to take children from 2 years. Because we are required to have a higher ratio of staff to children aged under 3, we need to charge parents at a higher rate (currently £5.80 per hour inclusive of 15% prompt payment discount). We have tried to keep this price as low as possible, so we may restrict which sessions we make available to children under 3.
We do not charge a registration fee for Local Authority funded or parent funded sessions.
Some parents may qualify for funding for children below 3 years old under the "2gether" scheme. Please contact us form more details.