Fees and Funding

Full details of our fees and when they are payable are detailed below.

Children are eligible to receive Early Years Education funding from the start of the term following their third birthday.

For more details on Early Years Education funding, please click here. Information on claiming this funding in South Gloucestershire.

Also, there is some more information on the southglos website for free childcare for 2 year olds

Please note that parents/carers must pay for any non-funded sessions which are missed due to absence for any reason.

We can also accept childcare vouchers.


St Helen’s Pre-school Fees Policy


Invoices will be raised half termly and will clearly identify billed sessions plus any additional costed items. Fees are payable on receipt of invoice. All bills to be settled within one week of receipt please.


Due to the fact that the Pre-school committee operates on a voluntary basis, direct bank transfers are the preferred payment method. Payment details (bank account number, sort code etc) for the Pre-school can be found on your invoice. The Pre-school can accept some voucher scheme payments. Please contact the PreSchool treasurer when your child starts at the Pre-school for more information.

Cheque and Cash Payments

If you prefer to pay by cheque or cash, please place into a sealed envelope with your child’s name and the invoice number clearly written on the front. Please hand the envelope directly to a member of staff or committee member. A receipt can be provided on request. Cheques should be made payable to St Helens Preschool and, if possible, write a cheque guarantee card number on the back. Please also write the name of the child that the payment relates to and the relevant invoice number. Please note that any bank fees incurred by the pre-school due to returned cheques will be passed on to the cheque signatory.

Early Years Education Grant

Parents whose child/children are eligible for the Nursery Education Grant (i.e 3 and 4 year olds and those 2 year olds in receipt of the 2 year old funding) will be given the appropriate forms and information at the start of the term for which the child is eligible for funding as well as whenever changes are needed. The grant currently funds 5 x 3hour sessions per week for 38 weeks per year. Each session is currently funded at £11.97 for 3 & 4 year olds and £15.48 for 2 year olds. If your child attends for less than five sessions per week then a pro rata amount of the grant is paid to the Pre-school. If your child attends more than five sessions per week or your grant is allocated elsewhere, then you will be charged full fees for the extra sessions. Invoices will only reflect the non-granted sessions. Please note that ideally a full term’s notice is required for any reduction in booking sessions, regardless of grant status. If you provide less than a term’s notice, we may still be able to manage the reduction and this will be confirmed to you at the time of you giving notice.

Fees Review

Fees will be reviewed annually and parents will be given a terms’ notice of any changes.

Late Collection charge

Please note that if a child is collected more than 15 minutes late, a fee of £5 per 15 minutes or part thereof will be charged, unless we are informed by telephone of a genuine emergency.

***If parents or carers experience a change in financial circumstances or have difficulties in paying an invoice, please speak to Manager or the Pre-School treasurer (littlestarsalveston@gmail.com) as soon as possible, so that debts do not accumulate. A payment plan can be arranged if that suits your financial situation better. Please be assured that all discussions will be dealt with sensitively and in complete confidence***

Last updated Apr 2019