3 and 4 year olds

Fees are charged per session as shown below.

For sessions starting at:

The nursery closes at 15.00 each Friday - There are NO sessions after that time. Sessions that are not available on Fridays are highlighted in orange.

Paying for your child's place

Parkend Nursery is amongst the settings that have met the criteria laid down by the authorities which enable it to offer government funded places. This means that it is highly likely that you will not have to pay for all the sessions that your child attends.

Government funding, at the moment, covers the cost of up to 15 hours provision per week for 38 weeks a year. Services or childcare over and above this incur additional charges payable direct to the nursery by the parents of the child concerned.

You will be required to pay for any hours not covered by the Government funding at a rate of £4.50 per hour.

Before we offer your child a place at the nursery, we will inform you of the exact amount you will have to pay and explain how it has been calculated.

Hopefully, the following worked example will help parents estimate the amount they may have to pay.

We will need to give you a personalised costing because Government funded hours are subject to some restrictions on when and how they may be used.

Your child attends our 09.00-13.00 session Monday to Friday i.e 5 times a week. This means that your child is at the nursery for a total of 20 hours (4 hours per day x 5 days).

Without Government Funding
Total Hours Attended (TH)
Funded Hours Attended (FH)
Chargeable Hours (TH - FH)
20 - 0 = 20
Fees payable by parents
20 hours x £4.50 per hour
£90.00 per week
With Government Funding
Total Hours Attended (TH)
Funded Hours Attended (FH)
Chargeable Hours (TH - FH)
20 - 15 = 5
Fees payable by parents
5 hours x £4.50 per hour
£22.50 per week

Parents may be able to claim Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit* for childcare which exceeds the free provision. 

*Parkend appears on the Ofsted Early Years Register (EYR) enabling eligible parents to apply for the appropriate Tax Credit.

Important Information

Fees are payable weekly/monthly or termly in advance on Monday or the first day of attendance. It is possible to set up a standing order or arrange a bank transfer. Payment by cash is acceptable. Parents will be given a minimum of one month notice of any increase of fees. 

We regret that no refund of fees will be given for periods due to illness or holiday, nor is there any reduction for weeks shortened by Christmas and Easter holidays when the holiday club is shut. Deductions for these days have been taken into account in the initial setting of weekly fees.

If your child is sent home due to vomiting or diarrhoea, you will be expected to keep them at home for minimum period of 48 hours from last attack. It is important that we have parents' full cooperation due to these highly contagious illnesses which can spread very quickly and infect other children and staff. However, full fees are still applicable as explained in the preceding paragraph. 

Please note that a charge will be made for late collection of children, late payment of fees and copy of accounts. Overdue fees of more than two weeks may result in withdrawal of the Nursery place for your child and an administration charge will apply.

Frequently asked questions

Can my child get a free place?

If your child was born between: They will be eligible for a free place from:
1st January
31st March
The start of Terms 5 & 6
(Summer Term) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
1st April
31st August
The start of Terms 1 & 2
(Autumn Term) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
1st September
31st December
The start of Terms 3 & 4
(Spring Term) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

How much time can my child have free?

  • Up to 10 hours each day.
  • Up to 15 hours each week.
  • Up to 38 weeks a year in school term times only.

How do I arrange a place?

Once we have agreed with you what's right for your child and confirmed the availability of space, we will ask you to complete a simple form. It’s called a Parent Declaration. You confirm when, where and how often your child will attend the nursery. This allows Gloucestershire County Council to make the right payments to us.

You won’t have to manage the money yourself. It’s paid straight to us.

From this point onwards our cancellation fees apply. Please do not enter into this lightly. The place we allocate to your child might make a huge difference to another parent.

Will I have to pay for anything?

No, you will not have to make further payments if the funded hours meet your needs completely.

You will have to pay extra if:

  • You want childcare for more than 15 hours a week
  • You need childcare during school holidays (we are open for approximately 8 weeks longer).
  • You breach the terms outlined in our 'Late Collections Policy'.
  • You withdraw your child with less than 1 full term's notice.

Gloucestershire stipulate that children must remain in the nursery for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to be eligible for the funding. Should you choose to remove your child before this qualifying period, you will be liable for all costs incurred.

What if I need more than the funded hours?

No problem!

Government funding only covers part time childcare in any case. We offer a range of flexible session options to suit your childcare needs and work patterns - This includes full time childcare.

Please contact us to discuss your exact requirements.

What is the statutory school age?

Statutory school age is defined as being the first term following a child's fifth birthday. For the purpose of this calculation, terms are assumed to run from 1st September, 1st January and 1st April.

In Gloucestershire the local arrangements for admission to school are such that, many children start full time education in school reception classes before reaching compulsory school age.