BRONTE NURSERY FEES and CHARGES for 2018 – 19
(from 1st September 2018)

Opening Times and Sessions

Parents may opt for any combination of sessions, with fees payable according to the tables below. There is a minimum of two sessions.

Opening Times

The Nursery is open throughout the year, apart from bank holidays and the Christmas/New Year break

Timings

Full day 7.30am – 6.30pm (11 hours)
Morning session 7.30am – 1.00pm (5.5 hours)
Afternoon session 1.00 – 6.30pm (5.5 hours)

Scales of Fees

The scales below give monthly fees. The fees given are those before any reduction from the Kent County Council (KCC) Early Years Funding scheme, in which Bronte Nursery participates. Note 1 below gives further details.

Because of differing care needs, different fees apply for younger and older children.

Children aged under 2 years

Monthly Rates

Full days per week--------------------------Fee, per calendar monthDeposit amount
1 day£235.45£200.00
2 days £470.88£227.00
3 days£706.32£340.00
4 days£941.75£453.00
5 days£1132.00 (discounted by £45.00)£544.00
Morning sessions per week--Fee, per calendar month
Deposit amount
2 mornings£250.56£200.00
3 mornings£375.85£200.00
4 mornings£501.12£242.00
5 mornings£626.40£302.00
Afternoon sessions per weekFee, per calendar month
Deposit amount
2 afternoons£234.00£200.00
3 afternoons£351.00£200.00
4 afternoons£468.00£222.00
5 afternoons£585.00£282.00

Day and Session Rates

Available at parental request, subject to availability:

Full day = £58.85
Morning session = £31.32
Afternoon session = £29.24

Children aged over 2 years

Monthly Rates

Full days per week--------------------------Fee, per calendar monthDeposit amount
1 day £224.80£200.00
2 days £449.60£213.00
3 days£674.40£325.00
4 days£899.20£433.00
5 days£1089 (discounted by £35.00)
£524.00
Morning sessions per week--Fee, per calendar month
Deposit amount
2 mornings£241.85£200.00
3 mornings£362.76£200.00
4 mornings£483.68£233.00
5 mornings£604.60£291.00
Afternoon sessions per weekFee, per calendar month
Deposit amount
2 afternoons£225.28£200.00
3 afternoons£337.92£200.00
4 afternoons£450.56£217.00
5 afternoons£563.20£271.00

Day and Session Rates

Available at parental request, subject to availability:

Full day = £56.20
Morning session = £30.23
Afternoon session = £28.16

What the Fees Cover

  • all aspects of normal Nursery care, supervision, play and development
  • specialist provisions, for different ages:
  • French
  • ballet
  • sport and PE
  • music and movement
  • “Tapestry” software (on-line portfolio of development and learning)
  • paediatric nursing support and advice
  • all meals (breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, tea)
  • 15 minutes per day access to Nursery Cam (real-time CCTV from cameras in Nursery rooms)
  • access to ParentMail
  • Christmas Party; Summer Festival Graduation

Notes and Summary of Terms

1. Kent County Council (KCC) Early Years Funding Scheme. The Nursery participates in KCC’s funding scheme for children aged 3 and 4 years. Under the scheme, parents are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded nursery provision, for 38 weeks per year. This funding is accessed by the Nursery on the family’s behalf, and is set against the fees detailed above.

Funding is based on a school term-by-term basis, and so, because term lengths vary, the precise level of funding varies across terms.

Free Fully Funded Places – For those seeking fully-funded provision, the Nursery offers such places, based on 15 hours provision, for 3 and 4 year olds. These places are limited and subject to availability. Children are eligible from the start of the term after they have attained their third birthday. These free places are offered, during school term time only, on the afternoons of Mondays, Fridays and one other afternoon each week of the parents’ choice. The hours offered for those sessions are 5 hours each from 1pm to 6pm. Further details are available from the Nursery Manager.

2. Deposit. Following the offer of a place, a deposit is payable, receipt of which secures the place. The amount of the deposit is 50% of one month’s fee, or £200.00, whichever is the larger. The deposit is returnable when a child leaves the Nursery, less any outstanding amounts owed. If the place is not taken up, the deposit is not normally returnable.

3. Basis for Monthly Fees. The calendar monthly rates above are calculated on the basis of 4 weeks per month, and therefore a total of 48 weeks per year. This provides for attendance over the full 52 weeks of a year. In this way, allowance is made for bank holidays, the Christmas/New Year break, and for an additional 2 weeks for, for example, a family holiday, without monthly payments changing.

4. Fee Payment during Periods of Illness or Absence, or of Temporary Nursery Closure. As a general policy, fees remain payable if a child is absent or if the Nursery has to close temporarily, for example during adverse weather affecting travel. In some circumstances, refunds may be made, under the following conditions:

a. Illness or Absence. If, for an extended period, a child has to be away from the Nursery because of illness or because of family circumstances, such as a defined temporary period spent away from the area, consideration may be given to reduced fees or to some form of refund. Such consideration is based on individual cases, and normally applies only to an absence for a period longer than 6 weeks.

b. Temporary Nursery Closure. If, for an extended period, the Nursery has to close temporarily because of adverse weather (affecting travel), damage and subsequent repairs to the property, or any other event or circumstance affecting safety or the Nursery’s ability to operate, consideration may be given to reduced fees or to some form of refund. Such consideration is based on the particular situation, and normally applies only to a single closure for a period longer than 15 Nursery days or to separate shorter closures adding to 15 Nursery days over a 12-month period.

5. Invoices, Payment Date. Invoices are sent out at the start of each month. Fees are payable with cleared funds by noon of the 15th of each month. Parents are provided with monthly statements.

6. Late Payment. In the event of late payment, an administrative surcharge is applicable as follows:

Outstanding monthly fees of under £400: £45
Outstanding monthly fees of £400 and over: £90

Interest, at an annual rate of base rate plus 7.5%, is payable on any debt outstanding after 30 days

7. Notice to Leave. Written notice of at least one calendar month is required,
should parents wish to withdraw a child from the Nursery. If such notice is not given, one month’s fees in lieu are payable.