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Fee 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/ELP, is required to secure and reserve placements.
  • £5.25 Per hour for children aged 0-24 months, with a 10% discount £4.72, with a 20% discount £4.20 (see discounts)
  • £4.75 Per hour for children aged over 24 months, with a 10% discount £4.28, with a 20% discount £3.80 (see discounts)
  • £3.85 Per hour for Holiday club bookings/children attending school (from term they start school) (see discounts)
  • £2.50 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 breakfast, served at 8.00am, and £1.50 for Tea, served at 5.00pm, again these are both 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 midday on 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.
  • For children claiming either EYEE or ELP, six weeks’ notice in writing is required. Please note if you access the stretched funding offer and leave midterm/year you may be in a situation of owing us for funded hours used, due to the different lengths in each term, and this will be added to your final invoice. 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 on the hour between the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm, and can be on the half hour before 9.00am and after 4.00pm.
  • 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.  


  • If Fees are paid in full by the 15th of each month, 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 is given for children who claim EYEE/ELP
  • No discount or refund is given for part attendance of a pre-booked session or any holidays or sick days.
  • We will be closed, and do not charge for all bank holidays, the Summer break which this year will be week commencing 5th of August 2019 and the Christmas break which runs from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day.

Holiday Club bookings

  • Sessions can be booked once the registers for that holiday/inset day have been issued.
  • No discounts will be given for non-attendance of hours/days booked.

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 and then reconfirmed every 12 weeks. 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.
  2. Stretched offer, the 570/1140 hours are split into 25/12.5 hours per week over 46 weeks (September 3rd 2018 until August 2nd 2019)