Management, Fees and Administration

Decision Making

Pre-School is a charity which is run as a limited by guarantee company. It is governed by a voluntary management team including a parent representative. An A.G.M,  is held  yearly and parents are informed in good time so that they may be able to attend.

The team manags the groups finances, employ  staff, makes sure the Pre-School has, and works to, policies which help provide a high quality service and support staff with everyday matters when needed.

In the half term prior to your child’s start date, and if they are non funded, you will receive a letter asking for a deposit equating to the cost of four sessions. This will be deducted from the first month of fees once your child starts. If however a decision is made to decline the place offered, unfortunately the deposit cannot be returned. Fees are due for immediate payment, in full at the beginning of each term. If you experience any difficulties with making payments, then you should immediately speak to our treasurer to discuss a solution.

They are reviewed on an annual basis and any increase will usually be implemented on the first day of September term. Fees continued to be payable if your child is absent. In cases of prolonged absence, parents should consult the committee about fee payment. A child’s continued attendance at the group is conditional upon payment of necessary fees.

If you have withdrawn your child from Pre-School for any reason we must ask for fees to be paid in full to the end of the current term. When your child is eligible for government funding and eligibility is worked out from birth date and can be claimed at the beginning of the term following a child’s 3rd birthday.

Middleton Cheney Pre-School accept most childcare vouchers. These can provide an income tax and national insurance advantage to whichever parent claims them. We also advise parents to request our Ofsted URN number (EY546559) to enter on to a tax credit application. There may be further advantages for those eligible.

Pre- School Session Times

Monday        9am to 4pm
Tuesday       9am to 4 pm
Wednesday  9am to 4pm
Thursday      9am to 4 pm
Friday           9am to 12 midday
 At present, we are open for 5 mornings and 4 afternoons (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday pm). Afternoon sessions run 1-4pm or 12.30-3.30pm.
There is also a lunch club offered (at a small additional cost) so children can access back to back sessions on these days. This allows parents to access the 15 hour flexible funding entitlement.  
The fees  are currently £16.50 for a 3 hour session, and £5.50 for an hour's lunch club (£2.75 for half hour lunch club if finishing at 3.30).

Just a reminder that funding is available for children in the term after their third birthday and 2 year old funding is also available in some cases – to see if you are eligible you will need to go and use the  ‘Eligibility Checker’ –  We do of course accept Childcare Vouchers.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) – Children who are currently claiming the Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds, who meet certain eligibility criteria, could be eligible for the EYPP. This is a premium available to the childcare provider to be used to improve facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child. Children will be eligible if their parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

-          Income support

-          Income based jobseekers allowance

-          Income related Employment and Support Allowance

-          Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

-          The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

-          Child Tax Credit (providing you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190)

-          Working Tax Credit run-on

OR if they have been:

-          Looked after by the local Authority for at least one day

-          Have been adopted from care

-          Have left care through special guardianship; and subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live. 

If you think you may be eligible, you need to visit the Northamptonshire County Council online ‘Early Years Pupil Premium Online Eligibility Checker’ and complete the questionnaire. You will be given a decision immediately along with a reference number which you need to give us.

Please note that there is also funding available for 2 year olds who meet similar criteria as above  - if you think you may be eligible then again go onto the Northamptonshire County Council website and find the ‘Online Eligibility Checker’ .