Fee Payment

Pricing

We believe in open communication with parent/carer and staff. The pricing is presented to ensure that you are fully aware of our charging structure.

The provision requires parents to put your child at least two days per week to ensure the child has continuity of care.

Deposits

A deposit of one weeks fee, plus two weeks in advance,  shall be paid to the Pagoda Nursery on the acceptance of the offer of a nursery place. This deposit will not be returned unless two week notice in writing is provided to the Manager when your child is leaving, with the exception of leaving during Christmas, Easter and Summer Holidays were a 4 week written notice is required. This deposit cannot be deducted from the first week’s fees payment.

Fees

The fees may be paid fortnightly or monthly and are payable in advance on a day agreed prior to your child start nursery. 

  • Full day session is charged at £34
  • Half day session is charged at £22
  • 9am to 3pm session is charged at £28

The fees will be collected 2 weeks in advance and one week deposit at the beginning of the registration, and preferably setup in advance monthly fees by standing order.   Fees will include breakfast, mid-morning snacks and mid-afternoon snacks. Parents/carers are required to provide a pack lunch, and there is re-heating facilities available. 

Paying for Childcare

What can you realistically afford? The cost of childcare varies considerably depending on the type you choose, availability in your area, your geographical location and the age of your child. It may seem expensive, and childcare costs can account for a large part of the family budget, but where the safety and well-being of your child is concerned, it is worth choosing the best you can afford.

You will need to work out the cost of your preferred choice of care and how much you can afford each month, taking into account what financial help you are entitled to.

Free early learning for 2 year olds 

Places are available in nurseries, playgroups, with some childminders and in some schools across Liverpool. These providers must be registered with OFSTED and inspected against the Early Years Foundation Stage Regulatory Framework. They must also have signed the local Early Years Funding Agreement.

A free place is a total of 570 hours which equates to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks. This can be 'stretched' in nurseries open 50 or 52 weeks a year. There is some flexibility but the hours must be taken over a minimum of a two-day period each week, and for between 2.5 and 10 hours each day.

Eligibility criteria

Your child will be eligible for a free place if you are in receipt of the following benefits. 

  • Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based).

  • Employment Support Allowance (income related).

  • Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act.

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.

  • Child Tax Credit with annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year.

  • The Working Tax Credit 4 week-run on (the payment a claimant receives when they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

  • Working Tax credits with annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year.

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Your child may also be eligible for a place if she or he:
  • Has a current Statement of Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) or an Education Health Care Plan.

  • Is looked after by the local authority.

  • Receives a Personal Independence Payment Award (PIP).

In addition, your child may be offered a place if you have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order.

How do I apply for 2 year funding? 

You no longer need to apply - just check that you meet the eligibility criteria below and provide proof to your chosen care provider such as an Income Support letter, Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602a) provided by HMRC or an Asylum Seekers NASS card, along with evidence of your child's date of birth.

Proof of eligibility is required so care providers can claim the funding for your child's place.

Where a child is looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) eligibility will be confirmed by the Local Authority.

Pagoda Nursery is registered with Ofsted and acquired highest quality RAG rating by the City Council. We are in the Local Authority list of Nursery Education providers to receive funding for 2 year old funding.

Free funding for 3 & 4 year olds

Online Childcare Service - Eligibility Checker Eligibility for the additional free hours will be determined by HMRC and you will be required to go through the Government’s online Childcare Service Eligibility Checker.

 childcarechoices.gov.uk

 If eligible you will receive a code which you can take to your chosen childcare provider they will then validate the code with the Local Authority using the Electronic Checking Service (ECS). A place must be validated before your child can take up the additional free hours. This code is valid for 3 months after this period you will need to recheck eligibility and this will determine if funding continues. If you disagree with eligibility outcome there is a review and appeals process managed by the HMRC. 

Eligibility: 

• Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family).

 • Either or both parents’ income does not exceed 100k. 

• The parent earns or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months. This equates to £115 a week (or c. £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £111.20 a week (or c. £5,700 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old. 

• This applies whether the parent is in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hour’s contract. 

• The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work. 

• Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.

 • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.

 • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months. 

• If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds. Who will not qualify? A parent will not meet the criteria when: • Either or both parent has an income of more than £100,000 

• Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds) • You cannot claim the 30 hours in addition to a full time reception place  in a maintained school or academy


Tax credits

Nine out of 10 families are eligible for some financial assistance through the new Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances.

The other tax credit you may be entitled to, if either you or your partner is working, is called Working Tax Credit. It includes a childcare element to help families who are working and spending money on childcare.

Childcare vouchers

Childcare Vouchers is a scheme some employers offer to help working parents save on registered childcare costs. Childcare vouchers are not means tested and are available to all working parents whose companies operate childcare voucher schemes. The vouchers can be used to pay for all types of registered childcare including registered childminders, day nurseries, crèches, playgroups, out of school hours clubs, holiday play schemes and home childcarers approved under the new Home Childcarer Approval Scheme.

Your entitlement to tax credits, however, is likely to be affected. This is because you can only claim help through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit on childcare costs that you meet yourself. If your employer meets any of your childcare costs, even if your pay has reduced in return (a salary sacrifice) these costs do not count.