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The Nursery is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm 51 weeks of the year excluding Bank Holidays.
The Nursery offers half day and full day sessions.
Half Day Sessions – 7:30am to 1pm and 1pm to 6pm
Full Day Sessions – 7:30am to 6pm
There is also the flexibility of adding an extra half an hour to your session at the beginning and the end of the day. These can be booked ad hoc and are charged at an extra cost.
All fees are paid monthly in advance. Therefore we need one month’s written notice of any change in your child’s hours or if they are leaving the nursery. A monthly statement of account will then be sent out in advance each month confirming the monthly amount due and any extra time added. Fees are payable by cash, direct debit and Childcare Vouchers. We could appreciate that fees are paid within a week of receiving the bill, late payments may be charged.
We at Hawthorns allow 3 holiday weeks charged at half fees (if you come one day a week then one day is one week.)
Notice is required by completing a holiday request slip. The nursery will be closed on bank holidays and any un-pre-requested absences will be charged at the full rate.
The nursery must be informed if anyone other than parents is to collect the child, and a password, prior notice and a signed consent form must be given.
Paying For Childcare
You may find that you are eligible for some financial assistance through the following:
Tax credit and Working Tax Credit
The amount that you will receive will obviously depend upon your circumstances. For more information and how to claim tax credits you can visit taxcredits.inlandrevenue.gov.uk
Hawthorns Nursery accepts childcare vouchers towards payment of your nursery fees. To claim childcare vouchers, please contact your employer to see if they operate a childcare voucher scheme. If so, then upto £55 a week (upto £243.00 per month) can be deducted from your gross salary ie £55 is exempt from National Insurance and Income Tax.
If you are self-employed you need to speak to your accountant as to how your business can operate a childcare voucher scheme so you too can benefit.
NB – If 2 parents of a child are working then they will be both entitled to the £55 provision.
The Childcare Voucher Scheme is in addition to the tax credits claimed.
For more information about using childcare vouchers at the Hawthorns – then please call us on telephone number 01484861393 or e-mail us at email@example.com
Free Early Learning for 3 and 4 year olds
This is a scheme introduced by the Government to provide free early learning places for all 3 and 4 year olds in England. The current rules state that all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early learning sessions each week over a maximum of 570 hours per academic year (38 weeks).
You will be eligible for the 30-hour funded childcare offer if:
You earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or minimum wage per week: for example, £120 per week if you are 25 or older.
There is no requirement to work a certain amount of hours per week – it is all about how much you earn. This means if you only work 10 hours a week but earn £12 per hour, you will meet the minimum earning threshold. Apprentices are also eligible as long as they earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the apprentice minimum wage.
You earn less than £100,000 per year.
This applies if you are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract and expect to meet the earning criteria on average over the three months after you have applied for the 30-hours. HMRC will look at data such as your previous earnings to consider whether you are likely to meet the criteria and may contact you for further information if they are unsure.
If you are starting up your own business, you will not be expected to meet the minimum earning criteria in your first year of trading.
If you are not working but you expect to take up paid work within 14 days, you can still apply for 30 hours, as long as you expect to meet the income criteria over the coming three months.
If you are a single parent and meet the above criteria, you will be eligible for the 30 hours. If you live with a partner, you both must meet the above criteria. This still applies if one of you is not the child’s parent – for example, if you have remarried or have started living with a new partner. If you are separated/divorced from your child’s parent, the eligibility rules will only apply to the parent that the child normally lives with (and their new partner if they are part of the same household).
All 3 and 4 year old children become eligible to take up their free early learning sessions the term after their 3rd birthday.
At the Hawthorns you can use 5 hours of Free Early Learning per half day session and 10 hours in any one day. The nursery will liaise with parents to see how many free early learning hours they would like us to claim for as these can be split with another provider. During half a day session Breakfast, morning snack and Lunch are payable at £5.00 per session and full days at £7.50