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Our fees

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/session 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/session 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 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.

Fee rates

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


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 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.

The nurseries accept childcare vouchers from a number of voucher companies and are usually willing to register with new companies. Please speak to the Nursery Manager or Katie Baker to obtain all of the details you require. We are also registered to accept Tax Free Childcare payments.

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 and Nursery Fees Policy below.

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

We offer the 30 hours free childcare, for full details please see the fees sheets or go to the Childcare Choices website.

Fees sheets valid from 1st April 2019;

Please note that with effect from 1st May 2019 the minimum attendance is 2 days per week. The fees shown below for one day are for existing children only where their attendance has been honoured.

BHFT 2019 fees

Allied Partner 2019 fees

Non NHS 2019 fees

Nursery Fees Policy

Admissions and Notice Policy

Information regarding application forms

Application form for fee paying attendance


The twins have changed so much since joining the nursery - discipline, speech and social interaction has been amazing. They have grown so much since being there and I am really sad that they have to leave (the family were moving abroad).

I have been happy seeing the kids so well behaved, the way they interact with others and the love for the nursery staff has definitely been a positive experience for us.

Lorna & team, Kirsty, Erin, Keira, Zoe, Cristine, Jack, Michelle,you guys are the best!!! the bond the girls have with you is truly touching. Lorna as mentioned before you’re a star, not sure what would I have done without you all these months.

Lil Dragons in my personal opinion has over exceeded our expectations way more than I could imagine. Keep up the good work!

I would recommend the nursery without any hesitation, I have loved the nursery as much as the girls!

When this family returned from living abroad, the children returned to the nursery and settled straight back into life at Little Dragons.