Please note: To match the primary schools, we always finish at 1pm on the day before the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
Sessions and rates
Our rate is just £4.50 per hour
e.g. morning / afternoon sessions are 3 hours long = £13.50
Lunch club is 1 hour = £4.50
Early morning drop-off (15 minutes) = £1 pre-booked, or £1.50 on the day
Our fees aim to cover staff wages, hire of the hall, materials, insurance and everyday running costs. We also supplement our income with fundraising. As we are a non-profit organisation, fees must be paid even when your child does not attend for any reason (holidays or illness).
When you register your child at Long Wittenham Pre-School, we require a non-refundable £50 deposit. This £50 will be deducted from your first invoice or, if your child’s place is fully funded, will be returned to you once funding has been approved. Fees are charged per hour (except early morning drop-off). Fees are payable in advance at the start of each term (6 times a year). We will issue an invoice detailing fees owed. A late fee of £10 will be added if invoices are not paid on time. If you have any difficulty in paying fees promptly please talk to our treasurer, email@example.com. For full details please see our Fees Policy.
We also ask for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of snacks. We suggest £7 per term (6 terms) or as much as you can afford. This contribution enables us to provide a wide range of food at snack time.
Grants for 2 year olds’ 2 year old entitlement
If your child is 2 and you receive means-tested benefits such as income support, jobseeker’s allowance or child tax credit (see 2 year old entitlement application form for full list) you may be entitled to claim funding of up to 15 hours per week. If you are awarded funding, you will continue to receive it up to your childs 3rd birthday even if your circumstances change. Please speak to the Pre-school manager for details of full criteria and an application form.
Grants for over 3s
Every child is entitled to an Early Years Grant from Oxfordshire County Council the term after their 3rd birthday. Three times a year you will be asked to complete a form in order for Pre-School to receive the grant. Your child is entitled to claim up to 15 hours per week. You will not be billed for sessions your child receives a grant for. You can share grants between different providers. If you wish to change your childs grant allocation at any time you must inform the treasurer in writing. Failure to do this could result in duplicate grants being claimed and Pre-School reserves the right to reclaim any monies from the parents/carers should we be informed of any grant duplications. We also accept childcare vouchers.
Change of details / requirements
Please inform Pre-School if any of your contact details change, particularly mobile numbers.
If you wish to increase your childs sessions please talk to Vicky or Laura and, providing there is space available, your child may start immediately. Please put this in writing (an email is fine). If there are no spaces we will add your child to a waiting list and offer them the first available space.
Lunch club – providing there are spaces you may put your child into Lunch Club at short notice whether as a permanent arrangement or just a one-off. Please speak to a member of staff to arrange.
Early morning drop-off – providing there is space you may use Early Morning Drop-Off at short notice.
If you wish to withdraw your child from Pre-School or reduce the sessions they attend, please give us as much notice as possible (a term is ideal) and put it in writing (an email is fine).