A deposit of £1000 is payable on acceptance of a Confirmed Place at the school whether this is in respect of your child starting school in the Nursery, Reception or any other entry point. The deposit will be held throughout the child’s time at the school and will only be refunded, less the cost of any outstanding extra charges, at the end of their final term, provided one clear term's written notice is given prior to leaving. The deposit is not refundable if your child does not take up a place at the school.
In order to withdraw the acceptance of a place, after previously accepting and paying the deposit, before the child starts at the school (including the Nursery), one clear term’s written notice must be given prior to the term in which they were due to start. If such notice is received by the school, whilst the deposit will be forfeited no further fees will be payable. If less than one clear term’s notice is given, or if no notice is received, a term’s fees shall be payable and shall become due and owing to the School as a debt.
Please note that a place in the Nursery remains conditional on the child joining the school in Reception and that if you choose to decline the Nursery place, this does not affect your child’s place in Reception. Should you decline this Nursery place offer, there may be an opportunity to request a place in the Nursery at a later date, but this will be subject to availability.
* Please note that Nursery pupils (and Reception pupils up to and including the term in which they turn 5) are eligible to receive the 15 hour Early Education Grant reducing their termly fee by approx. £850 per term. See more information below.
Fees cover the cost of school lunches, textbooks and most external day trips.
There are extra fees payable for residential trips, school uniform, Wrap Around Care, externally led extra-curricular clubs, individual music lessons and daily transport to and from school using the school bus.
Please note that school fees are payable before the first day of each term and that one clear term’s written notice is required in writing prior to your child leaving and that failing this notice, a term’s fees become payable in lieu.
A 10% fee discount is available on fees for a third sibling attending the school at the same time.
Accepting an Offer
All parents in receipt of an offer of a place for their child must read and agree to the Offer Terms & Conditions for Parents and the School Rules (see Behaviour & Sanctions: Code of Conduct section) below:
The Governors set aside a percentage of the school's annual fee income towards a Discretionary Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support existing families experiencing financial difficulties, educational causes within the local community and provide bursaries to pupils who may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive an independent school education or whose parents have suffered sudden financial difficulties. The school will expect any pupil receiving financial assistance to make a significant contribution to the life of the school. Application forms for financial assistance can be obtained from the Bursar. All bursaries are reviewed annually.
All 3 and 4-year-old children are entitled to receive a Universal Early Education Entitlement following the term after their third birthday. The entitlement is for up to fifteen hours per week, for between 33 and 38 weeks per year. Newland House School and Nursery School are approved providers and can provide funded nursery education places for 33 weeks per year.
At the beginning of each term we advise the Borough of children who qualify for Early Education Funding. The Borough then pay the grant directly to the school on your child's behalf, usually at half-term. You will be asked to complete a Parent Declaration Form once your child joins the nursery. As of September 2012, Early Education Funding is worth £3.60 per hour. For the 2019/20 academic year this equated to approximately £850 rebate per term; this figure should be offset against the Nursery fees and fees in Reception up until and including the term before your child turns 5. The grant will be offset against our nursery fees and parents will be invoiced for the balance.
From September 2017, the Government introduced an additional 15 hours grant for childcare to eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. This is known as Extended Entitlement and is only available for families that meet the eligibility criteria. Parents have to certify their eligibility on a rolling three monthly basis. Newland House Nursery does not participate in the extended entitlement and if you are offered a nursery place you should assume that this position will apply throughout your child's year in nursery. However, the Borough’s guidance indicates that you may still utilise the extended entitlement hours by using an alternative participating provider in addition to Newland House Nursery School for your child.
Childcare vouchers are a cost-saving employee benefit available to working parents. Childcare vouchers operate as a salary sacrifice scheme – your contributions are taken from your salary before your usual tax and National Insurance contributions are deducted. You can use childcare vouchers to cover the cost of care for children up to the age of 15 and even to pay for registered childcare including before and after school clubs, certain elements of independent school fees and holiday camps.
You can only use the vouchers to pay for any Ofsted (or equivalent) registered childcare. Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for a wide range of childcare including:
Home based care such as childminders,
Nannies and au pairs
Pre-school care such as nursery schools, play schools and crèches
Care for older children such as out of school clubs (breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs), holiday clubs, music and drama lessons, activity holidays (please note that this does not apply for private music tution unless the tutor is registered with the childcare voucher provider themselves and is Ofsted registered)
Below is the list of current providers for who we are already registered. If your provider is not listed you should send an email to Mr Hyams in our Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will arrange registration which usually only takes a few days.
Co-operative Flexible Benefits
Computershare Voucher Services
Until April 2018, however, employer Childcare Voucher schemes remain the best way for working parents to reduce the rising cost of childcare. Many parents will not be able to claim under the new Government scheme so should join an employer scheme before it’s too late as the Childcare Vouchers scheme will be closed to new entrants from April 2018. Parents can remain on the Childcare Vouchers scheme beyond 2018 and for as long as they require.
Note: Following the introduction of the new Tax Free Childcare Scheme parents will not be able to enrol in a childcare voucher scheme from April 2018. Parents who are already registered and receiving childcare vouchers may continue to do so but will not then be able to register for the new scheme.
New Tax-Free Childcare Scheme
The new Tax-Free Childcare scheme (TFC) will provide working parents with another option for tax savings on their childcare direct through the Government. Parents are able to open a new childcare account and for every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs (up to £500 every 3 months).
The government has started inviting parents to apply for Tax-Free Childcare beginning with parents of the youngest children first. Check whether Tax-Free Childcare is the best offer for you using the childcare calculator.