Tom Thumb Nursery


 Fees Structure 

Please find below details of the settings fees policy and structure, please contact us directly should you have any questions or to arrange a viewing.

Fees from September 2017

·        A £25.00 non-refundable registration fee, for all bookings other than those 100% funded by EYEE, is required to secure and reserve placements.

·        £5.00 Per hour for children aged 0-24 months, with a 10% discount £4.50, with a 20% discount £4 (see discounts)

·        £4.50 Per hour for children aged over 24 months, with a 10% discount £4.05, with a 20% discount £3.60 (see discounts)

·        £3.60 Per hour for Holiday club bookings/children attending school (from term they start school), with a 10% discount £3.24, with a 20% discount £2.88 (see discounts)

·        £2.00 For School Lunch, served at 12.00 midday, this is optional, you can send your child in with a packed lunch from home as an alternative, although it must not contain food that requires either cooking or heating up.

·        £1.00 for Tea, served at 5.00pm, again this is optional.


Payment of Fees

·        All fees are inclusive of all the additional sessions ran through the week/year, such as any classes ran by a third party and Animal and entertainer visits etc, morning and afternoon snacks, all drinks (water, milk and fruit juice), nappies, wipes and sun cream.

·        Fees are charged by the hour (not by the session) and any extra/extended sessions are charged at the same hourly rates.

·        Bills are issued at the beginning of each term for that term, you can then spread the total due into equal monthly amounts or pay for the term upfront in advance.

·        Fees can be made by cheque, cash or BACS (account details can be found on the invoice). If paying by cash please ask a member of staff for a receipt to serve as proof of payment, as no other proof of payment will be accepted, cheques are not accepted after the 15th.

·        Payment is expected by the 15th of each month. Other payment dates and arrangements (weekly etc) can be arranged in writing with Claire

·        If full payment has not been received by middayon the last working day of the month then your child’s placement will be suspended until full payment is received, this may result in loss of your child’s place as we have waiting lists for most days.

·        Any bad debts (once a child has left) will be referred to Daniels Silverman Limited for collection. Referred debts will be subject to a surcharge of 20% plus VAT to cover collection costs incurred. The surcharge together with all other charges and legal fees will be the responsibility of the customer and will be legally enforceable.

Notice Periods

·        You are required to give four weeks’ notice in writing, if you wish your child to leave Tom Thumb. This notice will be charged in full even if your child doesn’t attend. A transfer of EYEE/ELP cannot be made if full notice is not given and full final payment is not made.

·        You are generally required to give four weeks’ notice in writing of any changes to your child’s permanent hours, although exceptions to this may be made by Claire, The Nursery Director.

·        Extended sessions and extra sessions can be booked at short notice, written notice is not required for these.

Minimum hours

·        There is a minimum requirement of three hours per day, and six hours per week, this does not apply to Holiday club bookings.

·        The hours between 9am and 1pm must be booked as a full session, flexible start and finish times are available before and after that session.

·        Children’s session starts and end times, must be either on the half hour or the hour, no quarter to or quarter past sessions will be accepted.

·        As a rule, we do not accept variable bookings as all children are required to have set weekly hours, however, if a variable booking is needed, due to working hours changing then this may be considered and must be discussed and arranged with either Claire or Becky. 

Term Time only Bookings (matching the school terms)

·        All term time only bookings must be agreed, prior to registering, by Mrs. Claire Townsend the Managing Director.

·        We do accept reductions/changes to hours in between funding, these must be stated in writing on the EYEE/ELP parental contract.


·        If Fees are paid in full each month, by midday on the last working day, we offer 10% discount off total invoice for siblings and for a single (or twins) booking of 25 hours or more per week and a 20% discount off total invoice for a single (or twins) booking of 40 hours or more per week and a joint booking of 50 hours or more per week

·        No discount or refund is given for part attendance of a pre-booked session or any holidays or sick days.

·        Booked holiday, that we have been notified of in advance can be swapped to another day if available. Sick days or days that have been cancelled after the staffing Rota has been completed (this is completed each Wednesday for the following week) cannot be swapped.

·        We will be closed, and do not charge for all bank holidays, the Summer break which this year will be week commencing 6th of August 2018 and the Christmas break which this year will be the 24th until the 31stof December.

EYEE and EYLP funding

·        We are registered with OFSTED to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and therefore can claim the Early Years Education Entitlement and the Early Years Learning Place entitlement from ESCC

·        The universal EYEE will pay for a maximum of 570 free hours per year, from the term after your child’s third birthday, your child is automatically entitled to this offer and you will need to apply through Tom Thumb to access this.

·        The extended 30 hours EYEE will pay for an additional 570 hours per year for eligible 3 and 4-year old’s, from the term after their third birthday, you will need to check eligibility and apply online and then provide us with a code to access this funding. This funding will only last for as long as you are eligible.

·        The ELP is available for eligible 2-year old’s, from the term after their second birthday, you will need to check eligibility and apply online and then provide us with a code to access this funding.

·        Any hours in addition to the 570/1140 free hours are paid at normal rates.

·        All other nursery fees and placement policies and procedures still apply to children claiming their EYEE or EYLP

·        There are currently two EYEE/ELP offers:

1.     38-week offer, for a maximum of 15/30 hours per week over a minimum of two days, during school terms and in-between funding parents can choose to reduce hours if needed.

2.     Stretched offer, the 570/1140 hours are split into 3 termly amounts and deducted from your termly invoice.