Fees & Funding


Please contact the individual setting for an up to date price list.

Fees are inclusive of:

  • Freshly prepared healthy home cooked food including:
    • Breakfast
    • Mid morning snack
    • Two course Lunch
    • Afternoon Tea
  • Extra curricular classes from our visiting music teacher, ballet teacher, Spanish teacher and football coach.
  • Elm Cottage personal nursery bag.
  • Wet wipes are provided however parents are required to provide nappies and cream.
  • Recommended daily portions of milk for all children however formula is provided by parents.

Fees have been calculated on a yearly basis taking into account Bank Holidays and the Christmas closure. Fees are then divided by twelve to give a monthly fee. There are, therefore, twelve equal monthly payments due each year.

Fees are expected to be paid by the 1st of each month in advance of childcare.

Our preferred method of payment is by standing order.

All our settings have card machines and we also welcome internet banking, unfortunately we can no longer accept cash or cheques.


Help Paying for Child Care

Free/subsidised places

15 hours free Childcare

Currently all children from the age of three are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks per year.

At Elm Cottage we open from 8.00am-6.00pm five days a week and for 51 weeks of the year. Thus catering only for families who need our service all year. We therefore operate the free places system as subsided places. The funding we receive for term time only is stretched over the whole year and divided by twelve, reducing the monthly fee payable throughout the year. This makes it easier for parents to set up regular standing order payments with their bank.  Some two year olds will also be eligible for 15 funded hours a week for 38 weeks, although parents will have to apply see here. ​

30 hours free Childcare

You may be able to receive a further 15 hours of free/ subsidised Child Care (totalling 30hrs) available for 3-4 year olds.

To receive this funding parents will need to apply to HMRC  for eligibility click here.

Tax Free Child Care

This is an online savings account and for every £8.00 you put in the government adds a further £2.00 to a maximum of £2,000 per child.  For eligibility click here.

 Child Care Vouchers:

Some employers provide assistance towards the cost of nursery fees. Employees can choose to have some of their salary paid in child care vouchers. In doing this you do not have to pay tax and NI on the portion of the salary that is paid in vouchers.

When using vouchers please be aware that the fee’s still need to reach our account in advance (by the first) of the month of childcare.