Scale of fees – Guidelines 2019
next fee increase due in April 2021 (approx)
Basic rate (full time)
£3.75 per hour
£4.00 per hour
Before/After school-Term-time only / Occasional
£4.00 per hour
£6.00 per hour
*before 8am or after 6pm/Weekends/Bank holiday
* Direct payments accepted
£12.00 per hour
Charges for absence - Standard contract
If a bank holiday falls on a contracted day
Due to child/parent/guardian illness/occasional days off
Due to childminder illness/occasional days off
Childminder paid time off/Holidays*
Parent/Guardian holiday *
Local school, within short walking distance - No charge.
Other schools by special arrangement with Smiley Happy People Nursery transport - £1.75 per child, per trip.
This is usually equal to half the normal fees payable, and is paid in order to secure a place for future use and prevent it being offered to another child who may take it immediately. These are not a credit towards future childminding fees and will not be returned if the place is not taken up.
For example: fees payable to secure a place for use in 6 weeks time = 6 weeks fees ÷ 2
Deposits may be required to hold a place that will be available in the future = up to one months fees in advance.
Parents or childminders holidays will need 4 weeks notice given from either party (the more notice the better).
Terminating the contract
You will be asked to complete a 'termination of contract agreement' form.
Please be aware that contract termination requires 4 weeks notice, in writing, from either party or 4 weeks full fees in lieu of notice. The notice period cannot include holidays. If giving notice during a holiday period is unavoidable - the full fee expected for that period would still be payable.
We prefer that payments are paid in advance - either by cash, card, cheque or bank credit.
Payments made in arrears must be paid in cash or BACS/Bank credit.
There is a small charge for card
We will accept payment from childcare voucher schemes. Money paid direct to us from your employer, is money you won't have to pay tax on, so please ask your employer about this.
Accounts are processed using the Babysdays system
You will be sent a welcome email with your own personal log-in details. You can access all our policies, procedures, information relevant to you and your child.
Invoices are provided every calendar month or bi-monthly to help you keep track of your costs and payments, etc.
Receipts are provided on request.
In the case of arrears arising, I reserve the right to refuse childcare for your child until all outstanding fees are paid in full.
I also reserve the right to add interest to arrears not paid at the agreed time. (usually 5% per week, but you will be advised of this before the charge is made, to give you time to pay. We do understand that sometimes there are exceptional circumstances)
Please make sure that funds are available, if you are paying by direct debits, standing orders, cheque or card, as I will charge £20 for any that are not paid.
Please be aware that failure to adhere to agreed payments may result in further action being taken. This may be in the form of County court judgement, or debt collectors. This will incur additional charges being added to your account.