The current fee for a 3 hour session at Sunbeams is £10.95 which is in line with government funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Two year olds are charged at £15.00 for a 3 hour session which is also in line with Government funding. Two year olds are charged at that rate until the start of the term following their third birthday at which point they become eligible for 15 hours free funding. Any fee increases will be notified in writing by the Committee giving at least 4 weeks notice. Fees are pro-rata for any part units of three hours.
Payment of fees
The fees are payable every half term and are worked out by the number of sessions in the term. On taking up a place in the pre-school you will be asked to pay the first half term’s fees at the start of the term. We would prefer payment by BACS, cheque or childcare vouchers. Any cheques must be made payable to Sunbeams Pre-school. Please include the name of your child on the back of the cheque.
We are not able to refund any monies paid for sessions not taken or due to sickness, holidays or short term emergency closures such as flooding of the premises.
Hours of Operation
Sunbeams is open for 38 weeks a year in line with the school term dates set by Norfolk County Council. No charge will be made during the school holidays. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to close Sunbeams due to circumstances beyond our control, such as polling days or school INSET days – where this is the case the Committee will aim to give parents as much notice as possible.
Local Education Funding
All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education or childcare each week for 38 weeks of the year.
Some 2 year olds are also now eligible for funded places – please see here for further information.
Sunbeams Pre-school is an approved provider of funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds with Norfolk County Council, and is able to offer the full 15 hours entitlement of free early learning to all eligible children providing there are sufficient sessions available.
Outings and Visits
We believe that children benefit from a wide variety of experiences both within the setting and also within the wider community. As Sunbeams is a registered charity, there may be occasions when we ask for a donation towards the cost of these trips should you wish your child to attend. Parents/carers who attend outings with their child will be required to cover the cost for themselves.
One month’s notice period
We require a notice period of one calendar month, in writing, to the setting Manager should you wish to remove your child from Sunbeams Pre-school. If your child leaves before this notice period, you will be charged for the remaining weeks.
Non-payment of fees
Should an invoice not be settled within 21 days, the Committee Treasurer will make contact with the parent/carer to request prompt payment. If no payment has been received within 7 days of this inital contact then the Committee Treasurer will write formally to the parent/carer outlining the procedures of unpaid fees and will also make contact with the Pre-school Insurer’s Legal Team to register the unpaid fees. Unpaid fees may result in the contract between the parent/carer being terminated and this will result in the child’s loss of his/her place. Failure to pay outstanding invoices will ultimately result in legal action being taken to recover the outstanding debt.