Fee Due Dates
All fees are payable on or before the 1st of each month in advance. Should your child/ren start with Mereside part way through the month, you will be given an invoice to cover fees for the duration of that month that will be due on or before your child`s first day. We take payment via direct debit but also accept cash, cheques, online banking payments and childcare vouchers.
Late Payment Charge
All fee`s are due on or before the 1st of each month. Should payment not be made on time and should it become necessary to chase for payment then a late payment charge of £30 will be added to your account.
Registration Fees / Securing a place at Mereside Farm children`s Nursery
To secure a place for your child, we require payment of £200.00. £50.00 is a non refundable registration fee with the balance of £150.00 being held on account and deducted from your child`s last invoice providing a full calendar months notice and no fees are overdue. If you would like to secure a place at Mereside Farm Children`s Nursery, then you will be required to complete and hand in a registration form along with payment as stated above. Once your child`s place is agreed you will be offered `settling in` sessions to suit you and your child.
Late Fees will be charged at the rate of £10.00 per 10 minutes.
We would point out that we do not like charging these fees but unfortunately we do incur additional staff costs if you are late which have to be covered. We will provide a warning on the first occasion but thereafter if you are more than 5 minutes late this charge will be automatically applied to your invoice.
Sickness and holidays
Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for a child’s absence of whatever nature including holidays, sickness and nursery closure due to bad weather.
If we are given notice of at least one full week (Monday to Friday) of holiday or absence from the Nursery, then any food pre-booked will be cancelled and no charges made.
Notice to leave the Nursery
We require one full calendar months notice if you wish to withdraw your child from the Nursery. Providing that this notice period is given then the deposit element paid will be deducted from the last months invoice.
Where the safety and well being of your child is concerned it is important to select the best child care and education that you are able to afford. In order to help you to calculate this it is useful to be aware of what financial help is available. Outlined briefly below are details of the assistance which may be available to you, the nursery management will be happy to discuss these in more detail.
We accept a majority of Childcare vouchers, which is a tax efficient way of paying for childcare fees, as monies to fund these vouchers are deducted from your gross pay (rather than net), thus saving you on National Insurance and Income tax payments.
If interested then you should speak with your employers to establish if they are registered with a childcare vouchers scheme.
Three & Four year early education funding
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year, following the school term after their birthday.
With effect from September 2017, the government are making an additional 15 hours available to children from "working familes".For eligibility please check on website www.childcarechoices.org.uk
These hours will be deducted from your childcare fees and simply show the number of free hours you are receiving.
Two year old funding
Funding is available for 15 free hours for 38 weeks of the year for eligible two year olds, following the school term after their second birthday.
To be eligible families will need to access certain benefits or the children are looked after by the local authority.To check if your child is eligible please complete application via Worcestershire County Councils sweb address