What We Offer

Find out more about our fees, funding, and local offer…

Sessions & Fee Structure

Contracts are available for all year round care (51 weeks per year) or term time only (in accordance with published term times which run roughly in accordance with South Gloucestershire term times, excluding Inset days). All fees effective from 1st January 2024.

Minimum Booking and Deposit

The minimum number of sessions your child can be booked into nursery is for 2 sessions across 2 days per week. One session is a morning or afternoon half day session or a full day.

To secure a place with the Nursery we require a non-refundable deposit (if you do not take up the space as agreed) this will vary depending on how far in advance you would like to book the space:

Booking a space 0-12 months in advance of the place being needed we ask for a £100 deposit – £50 is then refunded back to you in your final invoice at Little Minds (as long as the required notice period has been given)

Booking a space 12 months + in advance of the place being needed we ask for £150 deposit – £100 is then refunded back to you in your final invoice at Little Minds (as long as the required notice period has been given)

Additional Hours booked on an ad hoc basis will be charged at the session rate or where a full day 8.00- 18.00 at a rate of £7.00 per hour (ie the daily discount rate will not be applied)

Mornings
8.00 – 13.00 £39.00
9.00 – 13.00 £28.00
Full Day
8.00 – 18.00 £66.00
8.00 – 17.00 £64.00
8.00 – 16.00 £58.00
9.00 – 17.00 £57.00
9.00 – 18.00 £63.50
School Day
9.00 – 16.00 £51.00
Afternoon
13.00 – 17.00 £32.50
13.00 – 18.00 £39.00

Early Years Funding

 

15 hour funding is available to 2 year old (from the 1st April 2024) and 9 month old (from1st Sept 2024) children of working parents subject to certain eligibility criteria per week for 38 weeks per annum. (The term after they reach the eligible funding age)

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to universal funding for early years education of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per annum. (The term after they reach the eligible funding age) 30 hours funding is available to 3 and 4-year-old children of working parents subject to certain eligibility criteria.

In addition to this we charge an additional charge which covers all extras provided at Little
Minds over and above the provision of high quality, flexible childcare; this includes but is not
limited to:

• All meals and snacks
• Little Explorers
• Forest School
• PE sessions / Yoga sessions
• Dance lessons with Valeries Dance Studio
• Cooking classes
• Increased staff ratios and quality of staff
• Additional services which serve to increase the quality of provision (e.g. Millie’s Mark
accreditation, cultural diversity training, etc)
• Outside visits attending Nursery
• Music license
• Online development journal
• Speech and Language assessment programme (Well-Comm)
• Sensory sessions for our younger children
• Specialist craft resources
• Level 3 Trained SEN support worker
• Millie’s Mark paediatric first aid trained staff – all staff within the building

     

      Additional Charges:

      Option 1:

      The 15 or 30 hour funding can be taken over any sessions to cover the full cost of that session. The additional charges that parents will then be asked to pay are as follows:

       

      Session Additional Charge
      Morning
      8.00 – 13.00 / 9.00 – 13.00
      £11.50
      School Day
      9.00 – 16.00
      £14.00
      Full day
      8.00 – 16.00 / 8.00 – 17.00 / 8.00 – 18.00 / 9.00 – 17.00
      £16.00

      For children attending all year, funding may be stretched over the whole year. The maximum number of hours claimed in a year will be 570 hours for (15 hours per week) or 1140 hours (for 30 hours per week). If funding is stretched, this will equate to 11.2 hours per week for the universal funding (15 hours) or 22.3 hours per week for the extended funding (30 hours). If additional hours are taken, over the entitlement of funded hours, normal fees will apply.

      At Little Minds the 15 or 30 hour funding can be taken over any sessions to cover the full
      cost of that session, these do come with a consumables charge. If you select this
      option you have agreed to pay the consumables service charges mentioned above.

      Option 2:

      If you would like a fully funded session (15 hours) with no additional service charge apart
      from food costs and no deposit to pay we are able to offer the following (if spaces are
      available, we currently have a waitlist for these sessions):

      Afternoons 15.00-18.00, term time only – this session will not include forest school. You will
      have to reapply each term to see if the space is still available. (Spaces are limited and you
      may have to go onto a waitlist)

      If you would like a fully funded session (30 hours) with no additional service charge apart
      from food costs and no deposit paid, we are able to offer the following (if spaces are
      available, we currently have a waitlist for these sessions):

      8.00am-11.00am and then 15.00-18.00, term time only – this session will not include forest
      school. You will have to reapply each term to see if the space is still available (Spaces are
      limited and you may have to go onto a waitlist)

      Food is not allowed to be brought into Little Minds due to severe allergies within the
      children in our care (unless there is a SEND need).

      An additional charge of £4.00 will be added to either of these sessions to cover main
      meals (afternoon tea) and £2.50 per snack (for the fully funded 30 hour space)

      For both options if hours are taken over the entitlement of free hours or as adhoc extra
      hours charges are applied at our normal fee rate.

      Support with Childcare

      Employer Voucher Scheme

      We accept vouchers from most Employer Voucher Providers. Please advise us if you intend to use these vouchers.

      Voucher payments must be set up so that they are paid in advance of the month they are being used to pay. Many employers pay their staff at the end of the month and thus if the voucher is not received in advance you will become in arrears with your payments and attract a late payment fee.

      It is your responsibility to keep track of your voucher payments and ensure that they are being paid as expected.

      Tax Free Childcare Scheme

      To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year.

      For every 80p you or someone else pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p.

      The government will top up the account with 20% of childcare costs up to a total of £10,000 – the equivalent of up to £2,000 support per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

      The scheme is available for children up to the age of 12 so can be used for before and after school care as well as nursery care.

      Any eligible working family can use the Tax-Free Childcare scheme – it doesn’t rely on employers offering it.

       

      Childcare Choices

       

      For more details on support that is available for childcare costs visit: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

      • FUNDED HOURS – available for all children the term after their THIRD birthday.

                 Please note Term dates start on 1 September / 1 January / 1 April for funding purposes

      • 15 hour universal funding for all 3 and 4year olds – “universal offer”
      • 30 hour funding for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds – “additional offer”

      For more details on eligibility go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

       

      Little Minds Nursery – Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

      cccAt Little Minds Nursery we endeavour to work to support all abilities and are aware that some children require extra support to meet their developmental and physical needs in order to reach their full potential.

      How do we monitor children?

      Our key person system and settling in process helps build strong relationships with children and their families to ensure that individual needs are met for all children in our care.

      All children are allocated a key person who is responsible for ensuring that their children feel safe and secure within the nursery and for monitoring their development milestones, planning ‘next step’ activities to support and extend their development and regularly sharing information with parents, through assessments and daily verbal communication.

      Through this engagement with each child, key workers can quickly share any concerns with the nursery Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDco) and draw upon their training to offer support to each child.

      What do we do if concerns arise?

      The setting will respond initially through meeting with the parents to discuss the needs of the child and then implementing a ‘My Support Plan’. This will display targets set and activities will be implemented on a regular basis to support the child’s development. The Support plan will be updated every 6-8 weeks, monitored, evaluated and acted upon.

      Quartely progress review meetings with keyperson and manager will document progress and highlight any areas of concern.

      Language and Communication development of all children is also assessed termly through our WellComm Speach and Language Assessment programme and any concerns are acted upon.

      We also monitor the emotional well –being of the children in our care through assessments using the Leuven assessment scale and put measures in place to address any needs with regard to children’s well-being or involvement in learning.

      Having identified the needs of the child The SENDco will adapt experiences, seek to gain appropriate resources and access multi agency support through South Gloucestershire Council. The setting will work with parents to share advice and services available to support the family. This may involve an Early Intervention Officer, Paediatrician, Speech & Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist, Health Visitor, Access & Response team or the 0-25 team, ASD Pathways.

      Should additional multi agency support be required, the setting will work to complete the necessary request forms, these may include a Early Help Assessment Plan (EHAP), Early Health Care Plan Needs Assessment (EHCPna) and  Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or a Single Service request form for Speech and Language, Hearing or Visual support.

      Information will always be shared with parents and where appropriate a consent form will be requested for signature to share information with the multi-agency team.

      The Nursery will continue to support all children through their time at nursery and will work to achieve a robust transition into the school environment. Liaising with all professionals involved, staff, parents and child, to share information and facilitate a smooth transition.

      The nursery works to provide an enabling environment for all children attending. It values & respects the views and beliefs of all and welcomes feedback from all involved.

      The following Policies are available on request:

      CHILD PROTECTION

      Safeguarding and Child Protection

      • Child Protection Statement
      • Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras
      • Confidentiality
      • Safe Working Practice
      • Whistle-blowing
      • Non- Collection of Children
      • Missing Child
      • Statement on the acceptable use of technologies

      EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

      • Equality and Diversity
      • Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities
      • Inclusion
      • Access Statement
      • Admissions

      SAFETY

      • Safety
      • Fire Evacuation Procedures
      • Emergency Plan
      • Procedures for Trips and Outings
      • No Smoking

      HEALTH

      • Health and Hygiene
      • Medication
      • Sun Safety
      • Food Hygiene

      SUITABLE PEOPLE

      • Staffing and Employment
      • Recruitment and Retention
      • Training and Development

      RELATIONSHIPS

      • Behaviour
      • Parental Involvement
      • Role of Key Person and Settling in

      LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

      • Play Policy
      • Transition
      • Forest School

      INFORMATION AND RECORDS

      • Registration and Terms and Conditions
      • Making a complaint