Term dates

Last day                                  Friday 7 April (Easter break)

First day back                         Monday 24 April

We are closed on Monday 1 May (May Day Public Holiday)

Last day                                  Friday 26 May

First day back                         Monday 5 June

Last day                                  Friday 21 July

 

Government Message

“Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Dear parent,

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Through the site you can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify you when you can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.”

 

Absence due to holidays

We have previously not charged for up to two weeks holiday per year.  However in order to confirm to statutory regulations we need to plan ahead.

We will continue this concession but only if we receive 8 weeks notice of the absence.

 

No increase in fees

We have not increased our fees for the last 5 years despite our costs increasing year on year.  Please help us to maintain our cash flow by paying fees promptly.  It is part of our terms and conditions that invoices are settled within 7 days of issue.  Pursuing late payments can be very time consuming therefore, due to the large number of invoices which are not paid promptly, we have reluctantly taken the decision to introduce a late payment fee of £25.  If you are experiencing difficulty paying please speak to Paul or Charlotte at the earliest opportunity.  Fees will still be charged for any periods of absence.

Thank you to those parents who settle their invoices promptly.

 

Methods of payment

Please check your invoices as soon as you receive them and satisfy yourself that the amount is correct.  Payment of invoices can be made by childcare vouchers, cheque, cash or bank transfer (our bank account details are shown on our invoices).  If payments are made by cash please pay the exact amount shown on the invoice and keep your receipt and invoice as these may be required government bodies at a later date.

 

Availability of sessions

Many of our sessions are full and we may not be able to accommodate all ad hoc sessions – please enquire about availability well in advance.

 

May Day Public Holiday

May Day is the only public holiday that occurs during term time.  For those children who have funded sessions on this day, an alternative session will be offered.  Charlotte will contact parents whose children will be affected by this closure.  Children who have non-funded sessions on this day will not be invoiced (please check your invoices carefully).

 

Toys and sweets

Please do not let your child bring toys to nursery.  The toys may get lost or other children play with them and this can sometimes cause distress.  Also please do not let your child bring sweets or food – healthy snacks are provided during the sessions. 

 

Birthday cakes

We are happy if you wish to provide a birthday cake/buns to celebrate your child’s birthday, however we can only accept shop bought products which are still in their original packaging clearly showing allergy advice and best before date.

 

Arriving for sessions

Please do not ‘linger’ when dropping off children as this can sometimes unsettle them.  Please do not arrive early for sessions and collect when the session is due to end.

 

Clothing

The children often take part in ‘messy’ activities and will play outside in all weathers.  Please provide a bag with a spare change of appropriate clothing (please put wellies in a separate bag).  Always label clothing and bags – we cannot reunite clothing with their owners if we cannot identify to whom it belongs.  Please return any of our clothing that we have provided.

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