Terms & Conditions Admissions, Free entitlement & Nursery fees
Information on Fees and Free Entitlement
Term time only. All sessions repeat on a weekly basis.
Please see the bottom of this page for a calculator to help you work out what your fees will be.
The full and specific details are laid out in the Parent Contract and Terms and Conditions document, found here, which you will be asked to agree to as part of the application process. However, the information below is a brief summary of how Free Entitlement, fees etc.
All pre-school children (a) who are 2 years old and who have been approved for ‘Funding for 2 year olds’ or
(b) who have achieved their third birthday and are eligible for their Free Entitlement (FE), will be entitled to attend up to 5 of the standard 3 hour long 'Core Sessions', morning or afternoon, each week free of charge (this amounts to the weekly allowance of 15 hours FE).
30 Hours Free Entitlement
Some families may be eligible for an additional 15 hours of free entitlement. Space permitting, we aim to accommodate this additional free entitlement in our standard sessions (see above). Broadly speaking, families will be eligible for this additional FE if both parents are working 16 hours per week. Please see www.gov.uk to find out more or to apply.
Our full nursery day is 6.5 hours in length, made up to 2 three-hour 'Core Sessions' split in the middle by a 30 minute Lunch session. Whilst families are welcome to arrange FE for both Core Morning and Core Afternoon sessions on the same day collecting their child for lunch time, those who wish to stay for a full and uninterrupted 6.5 hour day need to pay for the lunch session.
BOOKING A PLACE:
A £50 booking deposit is payable by bank transfer upon submission of your application form to secure a place. If the sessions that you are applying for are wholly covered by free entitlement, you do not have to pay a deposit. However, if any part of your child’s attendance is to be paid for (e.g. Lunch Sessions) the deposit stands. We will take the payment of this deposit as confirmation of your understanding of, and agreement with, our charging policy.
Subject to availability, GNRC admits all children once they have attained their second birthday; there are no other restrictions. Every effort will be made to meet the sessions that parents request. Once an application form has been signed and submitted and a child has been accepted by the nursery, parents can be confident that that place will be reserved for the child for as long as it is required. It must be emphasised that attendance at Greenway Nursery School does not guarantee a place at any specific Infant or Primary School. Further information on this subject should be obtained from: The Admissions Officer, Education Office (North), WSCC, County Hall North, Horsham, W Sussex, telephone 0845 075 1007, or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions.
FUNDING FOR TWO YEAR OLD AND THREE/FOUR YEAR OLD CHILDREN:
Some, but not all, two year old children, depending upon their circumstances, are eligible for Free Entitlement (FE) funding; this is arranged by the parents or carers of the two year old child, who should apply direct to the council by logging on to http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/living/children_and_early_education/free_entitlement_for_2_3_and.aspx
GNRC can assist in this process if applicants wish; alternatively, contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 777807. All children are eligible for their Free Entitlement (FE) from the start of the term following their third birthday. It is the nursery’s responsibility to make the claim for your child; you are asked to confirm the child’s date of birth by the production of a birth certificate and to ensure that your child is enrolled into the Nursery by the beginning of the term. Please note that application for and maintenance of the additional 15 hours of FE is the parent's responsibility, should your eligibility expire you will be charged the standard rate for any sessions beyond the 5 which are covered by the 15 hours universal FE. For further information or to apply for 30 hours FE, please visit www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare . Free Entitlement is provided by the Government via West Sussex County Council to ensure that children between the ages of three and five have access to good quality early education. It pays for 570 (or 1140) hrs of early education, a maximum of 15 (or 30) hours per week for 38 weeks in the year, one week less than the academic year. GNRC closes the nursery on the 5 inset days to co-inside with Greenway Academy. A Holiday Club runs on these closure days.
GNRC claims the FE on behalf your child, provided he or she is registered to attend at the start of each term. If you feel it is in your child’s best interests, you can divide his or her funded hours between two settings; you must inform the admin team if this is the case. The total funded hours booked with us, plus those booked with another setting, must NOT exceed 15 (or 30) hours per week. Prior to the start of the term in which your child receives his or her FE for the first time, parents/carers must complete a special form produced by West Sussex County Council entitled ‘FE PARENT DECLARATION FORM’. This will be given to you by your child’s key worker at the appropriate time.
REFUNDS OR CANCELLATIONS:
No refund can be made when children do not attend their scheduled sessions, if for example, a child has been ill or has been absent on holiday. If a child’s attendance at the nursery is to be terminated before the end of the academic year, GNRC requires 4 weeks’ notice of cancellation, or the equivalent fees in lieu.
PROMPT PAYMENT OF FEES:
Fees are invoiced termly and are payable in advance to GNRC Limited, preferably by bank transfer. It is important that all fees are paid promptly in line with our policy, and parents should accept that late or non-payment of fees will jeopardise their child’s attendance at GNRC.