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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 effective from 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023
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. Please note that Katie does not offer places, please contact the Nursery Manager for details of availability.
Katie can be contacted as follows -
Tel: 07789 374217
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.
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.
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.
H is leaving to go to school and she has has gained so much from attending Little Dragons. She has made wonderful loving and nurturing relationships with all the staff and children. I have watched her learn new skills much sooner than I expected due to the dedication from staff and mimicking of her peers. She is graduating from Little Dragons as a confident, funny and caring girl which in part is thanks to the team at Little Dragons.
As my only child I have a lot of anxiety about keeping H safe and protected and because of this I trust very few people to care for her. On that basis it’s a massive compliment from me that I trust the team at Little Dragons to care for H. I have always felt she is safe and looked after in a caring and nurturing way.
I have always witnessed a team effort when it comes to caring for the kids. So the entire team have been amazing but special thanks to every single member of staff who have been a key worker for H - Michelle, Freya, and Chloe.