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Fee rates

Where one or more parents in a family work for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust they will be placed on the BHFT rate. Proof of employment will be required to be placed on a BHFT fee rate.

The Allied Partner rate is for parents who are employed by any other NHS organisation, GPs and their staff, dentists and their staff, any police employee, any fire brigade employee, students training within the NHS but not actually employed by an NHS Trust, staff in schools, colleges and universities within a local borough in Berkshire (independent schools are not included) and employees of a local council within Berkshire.

To be placed on the Allied Partner rate proof of employment is required.

Parents employed by any organisation not already listed will be placed on the NON NHS rate.

Fees sheets valid FROM 1st April 2020;

BHFT 2020 fees

Allied Partner 2020 fees

Non NHS 2020 fees

Nursery Business Administrator

Katie Baker is the Nursery Business Administrator for the three BHFT nurseries in Berkshire. She deals with all aspects of the nursery fees and is always happy to assist parents and guardians with any queries.

Katie can be contacted as follows -

Tel: 07789 374217
Email: katie.baker@berkshire.nhs.uk

For full details of the nursery fees please see the current fees sheets above and Nursery Fees Policy below.

If you have any queries regarding the fees please contact Katie Baker or the Nursery Manager.

Details of how we offer the 30 hours free childcare are shown on the fees sheets. More information on eligibility and how to apply is available on the Childcare Choices website.

Nursery Fees Policy

Admissions and Notice Policy

Information regarding application forms

Application form for fee paying attendance

Fees are calculated on a monthly basis and the same fee is payable each month throughout the year. For full time attendance there is a monthly fee that is a reduction on the daily rate. For part time attendance the monthly fees are calculated as follows; daily rate times by number of days/sessions attended in a week times by 51 (weeks that the nursery is open for) and divided by twelve.

If a child joins or leaves the nursery part way through a month the fees will be calculated using the daily rate.

The nursery fees are charged and paid in arrears and invoices are sent towards the end of each month. All fees are to be paid by the 10th of the following month at the latest.

Fees reduce after a child’s second and birthday and for the purpose of this calculation birthdays that fall between the 1st-15th day of the month will reduce in that month and birthdays that fall between the 16th-31st day of the month will reduce in the following month.


Upon being offered a place in a Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) nursery you will be asked to pay a deposit equal to one month’s fees directly into our bank account or by credit/debit card. Please note that no part of the deposit can be paid by childcare voucher or Tax Free Childcare. Payment of the deposit will secure the place for your child and set up an account for future invoices.

Payment of fees

BHFT staff on the BHFT rate are required to pay their fees by salary deduction, please complete the salary deduction form and return it to the Nursery Manager prior to you child joining the nursery. Fees may also be paid by childcare voucher or Tax Free Childcare.

All other fees must be paid for by standing order, online, by childcare voucher, by Tax Free Childcare or any other electronic method of payment. Prior to your child’s start date the Nursery Manager will inform you of the fees payable for the first month’s attendance as well as the usual monthly fees thereafter.


A has had a wonderful time at Little Dragons, she has always been supported by staff and engaged in the lovely environment that is created there. She has made many friends many of which we have seen outside of the nursery. The topics & activities that are covered within the nursery are varied there is a good balance of letting the children lead their own interests and activities whilst supporting them to engage and achieve various outcomes.

I have been really impressed with how the nursery staff; management and room staff respond to feedback and concerns. We haven’t had many reasons to feed back in this way but when we do the responses, actions and feedback have been swift, considerate and appropriate. We have been impressed with the events that the nursery put on, they are well attended by families and staff.

I have been extremely impressed with Louise, she is hands on with the children every morning and then ready to respond to any concerns you have as a parent. When I have raised issues she deals with them immediately and always concludes problems with changes / feedbacks etc. She’s a real asset to the nursery and I’m sure responsible for the lovely environment and start to the day the children have.

Lorna has been a fantastic key worker for A in the blue room. She is genuinely loving towards A and A couldn’t think more highly of her, in fact I sometimes get called Lorna when she’s lost in play. Lorna seems to be very good at implementing appropriate discipline within the blue room and definitely commands a presence that can be missing when she is not in the room. Her feedback each time she is there to me is thorough and provides lots of stimulus for engaging with A about her time at nursery.

I think Little Dragons represents value for money.  It is pretty much on a par with other nurseries cost-wise but we have had such a positive experience that it’s been worth the money in terms of our children’s development and enjoyment. I recommend the nursery to friends and family.

Thank you to all the staff and managers that have looked after A at nursery. Lorna, Leah, Bradley and Michelle as her main key workers have been great and all have contributed to her personality and enjoyment.