Admissions and Fees 2019/20
Hours of attendance
The Willow Tree day/week is structured as follows:
Children may attend:
3 year olds start with 3 mornings (12 hours) per week and can build up their hours in consultation with the teacher manager, once they are settled. 3 and 4 year olds may be eligible to claim the Free Early Education Grant (please see below).
Children over 5 (Willow Tree St Werburghs) must attend all five mornings. Children over 5 who attend all 5 mornings receive a discount and can attend 5 mornings for the price of 4.
Fees are payable by standing order over 12 months (September – August)
Financial arrangements for 3 & 4 year olds – Free Early Education Grant (FEEE)
Children aged 3 & 4 are eligible for the Free Early Education Grant (FEEE), from the start of the term following their 3rd birthday, until the term during which they turn 5. Please see www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what support your family is eligible for. PLEASE NOTE: Due to our opening hours, at both Kindergartens we currently only have facility to offer 29 hours. You will be asked to complete an EYR1 form prior to your child starting. Please note that if your child is accessing any of the FEEE hours elsewhere, it will reduce your entitlement with us.
In order to offer the FEEE, the council requires that we offer up to 15 hours (up to 30 for eligible families) for free.
However, there are significant costs associated with running our Kindergarten that means that costs are not met by the funding alone. Our biggest expense is in running our settings with higher staff to child ratios than many settings, as well as employing staff who are experienced and highly qualified. We use good quality natural play equipment, and provide organic whole foods.
With this in mind, we ask that families commit to supporting us financially by paying a supplement of £1.25 for every hour their child accesses through the FEEE.
Without this support, we would quickly have to revise our staffing and setting size, as well as consider whether we could afford to offer as many FEEE funded hours.
We ask at the beginning of the year for a firm commitment to pay this and for families not to look on this supplement as an option they can decide to pay or not on a month-by-month basis, depending on how finances are. Such a situation would rapidly bring chaos to our financial management and we will therefore still be asking families to set up (or, for existing families, continue) a standing order as a commitment to pay a regular, fixed amount.
Table of parental supplements
Please see below for an indication of annual fee 38 weeks (AF) and monthly instalments (MI):
3 mornings (12 hours)
(AF) £570 (MI) £47.50
4 mornings (16 hours)
(AF) £760* (MI) £63.33*
Full time (30 hours)
(AF) £1425 (MI) £118.75
*please note that if your child is eligible for only the 15 hours, you would be invoiced for the additional hour, at £5.90 per hour.
You will be sent a termly statement of attendance/ invoice, which will clearly designate your parental supplement. According to the term length, your standing order amount may slightly vary from term to term.
Charges for hours attended over the 15 hour/30 hour FEEE
If your child has used up all of his/her free allowance, sessions are charged at our normal rates (see below).
Fees for the 2019-20 Academic Year (for children not eligible for the FEEE)
2 year olds
(if starting just prior to 3rd birthday)
Per morning: £27.50
Per hour 12.30 -15.30: £6.90
3 year – 6 year olds
Per morning: £23.50
Per hour 12.30-3.30: £5.90
Please see below for an indication of annual fee (AF) and monthly instalments (MI)
2 year olds
3 Mornings (AF) £3990 (MI) £332.50
5 Mornings (AF) £6650 (MI) £554.16
Per Afternoon (12.30-3.30)*
(AF) £997.50* (MI) £83.12*
3 – 6 year olds
5 mornings (AF) £4465 (MI) £372.08
4 Mornings (AF) £3572 (MI) £297.66 (price for 5 ams for 5+ yr olds)
3 Mornings (AF) £2679 (MI) £223.25
Per Afternoon (12.30-3.30)* (AF) £372.60* (MI) £56.05*
*This is for one afternoon, if further afternoons are required, this must be multiplied.
Lunches (Willow Tree Little Kindergarten only)
We offer a cooked lunch for children staying for lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. This will be available at a cost of £2.65 per lunch. Parents have the option to provide a packed lunch from home.
Discounts and Bursaries
For families with 2 or more children attending at the same time, there will be a discount of 10% on any fees payable. The supplement will also be reduced by this amount. We have a small hardship fund, which, subject to approval from the Willow Tree Kindergarten Trustees, can be used to support families who unexpectedly find themselves in financial difficulties. As per our bursary policy, priority goes to families with children over the ages of 5 who are no longer eligible for the FEEE funding. Please contact the administrator in the first instance for any further information.
The only additional charges would be to cover transport costs for occasional, one-off trips, e.g. to Ashton Court, for those children that go. Please note any breakages, other than fair wear and tear, will be charged separately.
You are required to give a full term’s notice of your child leaving the Willow Tree Kindergarten. If you do not do so you will be liable for any outstanding fees and we will also ask for the parental contribution for that period.
(Mon - Fri)
8.30 - 12.30
12.30 - 1.30
1.30 - 3.30
morning 8.30 -12.30
morning + lunch 8.30 -1.30
morning + lunch + afternoon 8.30 -3.30