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Admissions Procedure

All children go on to the waiting list. We look at each term as it comes along, see how many places we have free, and then offer those places to children on the list in the order of their registration and payment of the reservation deposit. Children must be aged a minimum of 18 months to qualify for entry to the nursery, with the Playgroup sessions being available for younger children.

Please fill out our booking form to request an appointment to see the school.

Registration

The Registration fee of £100 is payable up front to cover administrative costs.

Deposits

When your child is offered a place at our nursery, a £500 deposit is payable. The place is only confirmed once this deposit has been paid. This is fully refundable providing your child either graduates with us or, if they leave prior to graduation, we are given one full term’s notice in writing.

Fees

Fees are payable termly in advance and reviewed annually.
A full term’s notice is required before the removal of any child or the term’s fees will be due.

We are registered with a number of childcare voucher companies. Some employers use these companies to provide childcare benefit vouchers to their employees.

We are registered for applicable Government childcare grants:

  • The Universal Entitlement, which provides 15 hours of free education from the term after children turn three (cut-off dates being 31/08, 31/12, 31/03). You will not be charged for the 15 free hours, but, to be part of the Gardens Montessori community and cover additional services, you will be charged the difference between the fees published below and the amount of the grant. The precise monetary value of the termly grant varies according to term length but is currently around £1400 depending on the length of the term.
  • The Extended Entitlement for working parents, which provides an additional 15 hours (30 hours in total). This grant is means-tested and information about it, including how to apply, can be seen here.
  • Working Family credit for 2 year olds, which provides 15 hours childcare credit. Means tested and parents need to apply to the HMRC. Newly started in April 2024.
  • Working Family credit for over 9 month olds, which provides 15 hours childcare credit. Means tested and parents need to apply to the HMRC. Newly starting in September 2024.
  • Government Tax Free Childcare scheme. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year

Morning Sessions (9am to 12 noon):

Morning fees for 2024 to 2025 will be based on a weekly rate of £295 per week, unchanged from the prior year. They will be charged in proportion to the length of the term with a deduction for the applicable Universal, Extended and 2 year old credits mentioned above.

Termly Fees prior to any credit entitlement is as below.

  • Autumn term 2024 (14 weeks)     £4,130 per term
  • Spring term 2025    (12 weeks)     £3,540 per term
  • Summer term 2025 (12 weeks)    £3,540 per term


Afternoon Sessions

  • Lunch Hour (12 noon to 1pm)
    £17 per day for ad hoc.
    £13 per day basis if pre-booking for the term
    Autumn 2024 term (14 weeks, £182 per day per term)
    Spring 2025 term (12 weeks, £156 per day per term )
    Summer 2025 term (12 weeks, £156 per day per term)
  • Lunch Bunch Plus (12 noon to 3pm, and includes extra-curricular activities from the list below)
    £75 per day ad hoc
    £59 per day basis if pre-booking for the term
    Autumn 2024 term (14 weeks, £826 per day per term)
    Spring 2025 term (12 weeks, £708 per day per term )
    Summer 2025 term (12 weeks, £708 per day per term)
  • Late pick-up fees (£5 per five minutes after grace period of ten minutes)
    Pick-up at 3.30pm: additional £5 per day
    Pick-up at 4.00pm: additional £10 per day
  • Extra Curricular Activities in the afternoons (see Lunch Bunch Plus):
    French
    Spanish
    German
    Mandarin
    Drama
    Creative Arts
    Science Club
    Sports Fun
    Body Moves
    Circus / Gymnastics

Registration

If you would like to register, please fill in our registration form. Register