Funding and Fees

Your child will be eligible for the Early Years Universal Free Early Education Funding from the beginning of the term after his/her 3rd birthday. You will be given all the necessary paperwork well in advance but you need to have the following information. We are determined to maintain our particularly high standards and we believe that this philosophy is genuinely shared by our parents.

Our Curriculum is based upon, but not limited by, the Foundation Stage which precedes Key Stage 1 and which continues to the end of the Reception Year at Primary school, and we are required to make full records and assessments of your child’s progress within the Foundation Stage.

In order to properly fulfill these pre-school requirements of the Foundation Stage (Prime & Specific areas), children starting at Primary school in September 2020 will be expected to attend a minimum of 3 sessions a week at the Workshop from September 2019.

Children starting at Primary school in September 2021 will be required to attend a minimum of 2 sessions per week from Sept. 2019.

  • Parents are asked to bear in mind that it can be very confusing for children who attend more than one setting concurrently. They have to cope with differing structures, different adult and peer group relationships and different routines and standards at a very important but vulnerable stage in their development and this can inhibit their overall progress. Additionally there are considerable extraneous amounts of duplicated paperwork, assessments, and records.
  • We accept that occasionally there are exceptions which cannot be avoided but we reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a place at the Workshop where there is dual attendance :
  1. Where the child will be attending so few sessions that the Children’s Workshop cannot fulfill the obligations under the Childcare Bill 2006 (rev. 2012) with regard to the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Or

  1. Where the Children’s Workshop feel the Key Staff cannot provide the quantity and quality of Key Assessments, Observations, Records and Evidence of Achievement as required by the Foundation Stage with special regard to the Prime and Specific Areas.

Where appropriate, the Registration Fee will be refunded.

Before making a decision, please bear in mind the following:

  • Government Early Years Free Early Education funding for 3 and 4 year olds (universal entitlement) does not begin until the Term after the child’s 3rd September 2019 for children born April 1st – 31st August 2016, January 2020 for children who were born Sept 1st – Dec 31st 2016, April 2020 for children born Jan 1st – March 31st 2017. Currently this funding is for a maximum of 15 hours per week.
  • There is an additional 15 hours funding available to some working parents and this is called the extended entitlement (or 30 hours). There are strict criteria for this entitlement and parents will have to prove their eligibility. Please note that we are only able to offer a maximum of 22.5 hours per week (15hrs universal + 7.5 hours extended funding).
  • There is additional funding available to qualifying parents, for example, FEET funding & Pupil Premium. Please contact us to discuss any questions that you may have.
  • Government Early Education funding is for BASIC childcare with a staff: ratio of 1 adult: 8 children. Under the terms of the Childcare Bill 2006, parents are to be charged separately for the additional services and extra-curricula activities and the many other features of the Children’s Workshop provision. If you are not willing to make the additional payment, then you should seriously consider whether the Workshop is the right Setting for your child. If you have a particular financial situation contact Joan Tait in confidence. Fees can be paid weekly, monthly or termly and are payable during absence except during long illness or other exceptional circumstances.
  • We recommend the use of Childcare Vouchers as the Fees are paid before Tax has been deducted and are therefore very tax-efficient. Ask us for the unique reference numbers to give to your HR departments.

Our Charges (September 2019)


For children not yet eligible for the Government Early Education Funding (born after August 31st 2016)

Our Fee is £7.40/hour

3 ¼ hrs sessions (£24.05/session): 4 ¼ hrs sessions (£31.45/session):
2 sessions per week £48.10 2 sessions per week £62.90
3 sessions a week £72.15 3 sessions a week £94.35
4 sessions a week £96.20 4 sessions a week £125.80
5 sessions a week £120.25 5 sessions a week £157.25
Charges for those born before August 31st 2016 and eligible for the UNIVERSAL entitlement.

3 ¼ hour session from September will be £9.42

4 ¼ hour session will be £12.32 for the first 15 hours per week*

4 ½ hour session will be £13.05 for the first 15 hours per week*

*For more than 15 hours per week the extra hours are charged at £7.40per hour

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Weekly Costs: Sessions per week 3 ¼ hours 4 ¼ hours 4 ½ hours
2 £18.85 £24.65 £26.10
3 £28.28 £36.98 £39.15
4 £37.70 £58.30* £65.70*
5 £52.75* £89.75* £99.00*
Charges for those born before August 31st 2016 and eligible for the UNIVERSAL and EXTENDED entitlement.

3 ¼ hour session from September will be £9.42

4 ¼ hour session will be £12.32

4 ½ hour session will be £13.05

Weekly Costs: Sessions per week 3 ¼ hours 4 ¼ hours 4 ½ hours
2 £18.85 £24.65 £26.10
3 £28.28 £36.98 £39.15
4 £37.70 £49.30 £52.20
5 £47.13 £61.63 £66.25
  • In giving you all this information we realise that it can be confusing. Some of it is a requirement of the Government Early Education funding; some of it is simply to ensure that there are no hidden or unexpected costs or commitments for you.
  • We regard our partnership with parents as an essential element in our work with each and every child, so if there is anything you do not understand, do feel free to ask.