St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School

Funding

Two Year Olds - 15 Hours Free

  • Applications for two-year-olds meeting free school meals criteria, or who are looked after by the local authority, can be made at www.lancashire.gov.uk.
  • This funding should not be applied for any earlier than eight weeks before the start date of the term that you wish your child to attend.
  • An online eligibility checker is available for your information using the above website address - alternatively, search for two-year-old funding Lancashire.
  • Please note: it is the responsibility of parents to apply for this funding.
  • We can only complete the process when the Bursar has received a copy of your confirmation letter and your child’s NHS number - without this, normal session fees will apply.

Three & Four Year Olds Funding – 15 Hours Free

  • All three and four-years-olds in Lancashire are entitled to fifteen hours of free education from the term after their third birthday
  • They continue to be eligible in our Reception class in the Main School until the actual term in which your child turns five years old.
  • There is no need to apply for this funding - your child is automatically entitled – all information will be submitted to the local authority by the School.
  • Children are entitled to a maximum of fifteen hours free education, taken as three sessions over 2 or 3 days, per week for up to 38 weeks of the year.
  • Any additional sessions will be charged in line with our current fee structure – please see below.
  • Please note: if you move your child to another nursery after the headcount date, you will not be able to claim a free place for the rest of the term.

Three & Four Year Olds Funding – 30 Hours Free

  • This funding needs to be applied for , via Lancashire County Council, prior to the term in which your child has its 3rd birthday.
  • If you are eligible for 30 hours funding, you must complete the Parental Agreement Form below and provide a copy of your confirmation letter/email.
  • Visit www.gov.uk.government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility
  • to check your child’s eligibility – sessions are subject to availability.
  • Sessions must be taken over 3 full days – alternatively sessions may be taken over 1 or 2 days if being split between different providers.
  • 30 hours entitlement is valid until the end of the term when your child turns 5 – this discount is available on fees in our Reception class in the Main School.
  • An additional charge of £4.50 per day will be made for lunch, snack, fruit, milk and tea (packed lunch and teas are optional).

Nursery Fees

  • Fees must still be paid if children are absent with or without notice.
  • Please note:  it is our policy that a child must attend a minimum of 2 sessions.

Fee Amounts– from September 2018

  • £250 per week - £50 per day - £25 per session
  • Catering: a charge of £3.00 per day will be made for lunch, snack, fruit, milk and tea – this charge made on all accounts including those on funded hours.
  • Registration: a registration fee of £50 (non-refundable) is payable in advance.
  • Breakfast session: 7:30-8am with a cost of £3.00.
  • Sibling discount: a 5% applied for a second child and a 10% discount for a third/subsequent children - applies if you have one child in the main school.
  • Late Charges: failure to collect children on time at lunchtime will incur charge of £10.00 within the first 30 minutes and the additional cost of the full session thereafter - late collection after 6.00pm will incur a charge of £25.00.
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme: School accepts all childcare vouchers - please quote Registration Number EY310513 with your Salary Sacrifice provider.

Methods Of Payment

  • An invoice for the full term will be produced prior to the start of each term.
  • Four options are available for the payment of fees as follows:
  • Payment by 1st day of each term for full amount shown on the invoice.
  • Payment by bank standing order, available for children attending on a full-time basis only - requests for this made through Finance Dept.
  • Credit/Debit Card - credit card payments will incur an additional administration charge - please contact Finance Dept. for costings.
  • Payment on monthly basis via post-dated cheques divided equally – please contact Finance Dept. to discuss arrangement .
  • Late payment – after 10 days from the first day of term, a 1st reminder letter will be sent out with £15 charge per child and the account will be placed on hold  Sundry costs must be settled by cash or card payment, e.g. uniform, etc. After 28 days thereafter further letters will be sent with £15 charge per child.  School reserves its rights to charge interest at 4% above base rate from the 10th day, and to use its discretion with all individual cases.

Withdrawal / Change Of Sessions

  • Four weeks notice must be given should you wish to withdraw your child - otherwise four weeks fees will be payable in lieu of notice.
  • Please note: there will be no reduction in fees should you choose to decrease session numbers at any time during the course of an academic year.
  • A £10 charge will be made for the administration of any parental-led change.
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