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The nursery day runs from 8am – 6pm Monday - Friday. We ask parents to collect children within these hours, there is a charge levied for late pick-ups. All four nurseries are open 51 weeks of the year, closing for a week during the Christmas period.
Please note that we only offer full days as a permanent booking. Children must attend a minimum of 2 days per week. If only attending 2 days, one day must be either a Monday or Friday. Term time only is not available.
All fees are due, and payable, one full month in advance. Fees are payable even if your child is not attending nursery due to sickness or holidays.
Fees include all meals, refreshments and snacks. Parents are asked to provide formula or bottles of breast milk for children who require them. These will be stored at the correct temperature in the baby room refrigerator.
There is a one-off non-refundable application fee of £50 for all applications (including to join the waiting list). To secure your space, if and when one becomes available, we require a refundable £100 deposit per day booked (max. £500).
We offer a 5% sibling discount whilst no siblings are in receipt of government funding. The discount will be taken from the sibling with the lowest fees, not each sibling.
At Ladybird, we believe high quality childcare should be available to everyone, which is why we offer a number of funding options for our parents and carers. We offer the Government’s 15 hours of universal funding, as well as the extended 30 hours of funding to eligible families.
Also known as universal funding, all children over the age of 3 are entitled to 15 hours funded childcare regardless of your employment status and how much you earn. This means that your child is entitled to receive this level of free childcare each week over a 38 week funding term (providing a total of 570 free hours per year), which at Ladybird is stretched to cover the 51 weeks that we operate.
Available to children aged 3 – 4, this is an additional 15 free hours childcare provided by the local authority in addition to the universal funding, meaning that your child is eligible to 30 funded hours per week (a total of 1140 hours per year, which is stretched to cover the 51 weeks). To find out whether you might be eligible for this, please click here. You must apply for a code through this website and once in receipt of the code, we can do the rest.
Eligibility for free childcare starts the “term” after your child’s third birthday. Their birthday must fall on or before the cut-off date in order to receive the funding the following term.
These dates are:
- 31st August for the Autumn Term (September – December)
- 31st December for the Spring Term (January – March)
- 31st March for the Summer Term (April –August)
From the term following a child’s second birthday, you could get 15 hours of free childcare if you meet certain criteria. Please click here to find out if you might be eligible. To apply for this funding, you must contact your local authority who will then provide you with a code. We can then do the rest.
It is your responsibility to obtain your 30 Hours Funding Eligibility Code and provide it to us in good time ahead of the local authority funding term dates. If you did not provide the Nursery with this code, then we are unable to claim funding and you will therefore be charged the standard nursery fees.
Fees may be paid using Tax Free Childcare, whereby the government will contribute £2 for every £8 of child care costs. This enables you to claim up to £2000 per annum, effectively giving you basic-rate tax back on what you pay. To access Tax-Free childcare and to find out if you are eligible, please click here and scroll down to the ‘Tax Free Childcare’ section.
Yes, we accept childcare vouchers from various voucher providers, and we are also able to register with an additional scheme if we are not already registered.
Funding is calculated on a 38-week year. Ladybird operates over 51 weeks of the year and therefore, your funding will be stretched to cover the 51 weeks. This works out at 11 hours a week for 15 hour funding, and 22 hours a week for 30 hour funding.