POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR CHARGING AND REMISSIONS (MARCH 2013)
Introduction and aims
The Governing Body of Maples Children's Centre recognises its duty under the Education Act 1996 to establish and publish a policy for charging and remissions as it applies to the maintained nursery school. We aim to comply fully with the law.
As a local authority maintained nursery school
• We do not charge for admission applications
• We do not charge for education and associated activities, materials and equipment provided during school hours
• We undertake that no pupil will be left out of any activity because their parents cannot or will not make a contribution of any kind.
We make a charge for book bags, an optional extra, should parents require a book bag in order to borrow books from our lending library. These are charged at cost price (currently £3.50).
Parents may also buy a key for the buggy park at cost price if they want/need one (currently £1.50).
We charge for childcare as follows
• Maintained nursery school - children attending more than 15 hours per week.
Parents may apply for a full time place (defined as 3 or more full days per week). There are a fixed number of places. A full time place includes lunch and the period up to the end of the school day. Breakfast (from 8am) and afterschool (till 6pm) are also available. There are fixed daily rates which vary according to the length of the day needed. There is a contract which sets out the terms of the full time place One month's deposit (fully refundable) is required Payments are made monthly by direct debit One months notice is required to terminate the full time place Costs for full time places are based directly on staff and other associated costs of providing the places.
• Toddler Centre - full day care for two year olds
These are 14 full time places per day - no part time places are available. There is a fixed daily rate (currently £60 per day) and children must attend a minimum of 2 days per week
Children may attend from 8am – 6pm.
The Toddler Centre is open for 49 weeks a year and parents will be charged for every day that we are open (but not when we are closed) There is a contract which sets out the terms of the place. One month's deposit (fully refundable) is required Payments are made monthly by direct debit One months notice is required to terminate the place Costs for full time places are based directly on staff and other associated costs of providing the places.
The majority of the activities run by the Children's Centre are currently provided free of charge, including crèche facilities for adults attending courses.
Adults attending the ESOL and IT courses are required to make a small contribution towards the course tutor costs (currently £1 per hour).
Parents of children attending the maintained nursery school are asked to make a voluntary contribution to the school fund (currently £10 per term).
There is no obligation for parents to contribute to the school fund and it is entirely voluntary. Any voluntary contributions are paid in person by cheque or cash at the Centre's office. Occasional reminders may be included in newsletters or on the notice board in the library.
On occasion parents may be asked to make voluntary contributions to cover the cost of additional activities that support the curriculum, e.g. cost of coach travel for special visits, where the visit cannot be made by public transport, or to pay for their own travel costs on public transport when accompanying their children on visits –e.g. to the science museum.
There is no obligation for parents to make a contribution and no child will be excluded from these activities if their parents are unable or unwilling to pay. Parents should note however that such additional activities can not usually go ahead if the costs cannot be covered by voluntary contributions.
The Governing Body authorises the Headteacher to exercise discretion, taking account of the known circumstances of particular families/children to enable children to access and take part in activities that we know their parents cannot afford but would nevertheless like them to do.
Parents can approach the Headteacher in confidence if they require any remission of charges. The Headteacher will consider all requests, taking advice from others where necessary, taking account of the needs of the Centre, as well as considering the best interests and needs of the children involved.