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Sessions, free entitlement and fees

Sessions Available Until 31st December 2020

The nursery is open term time only, in line with the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s term dates, although inset days may not be the same. We are open Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 3.00 pm.

There are three session options to choose from:

Option 1 Monday to Friday 8.45 am to 3.00 pm 30 hours
Option 2  

Monday / Tuesday 8.45 am to 3.00 pm and

Wednesday 8.45 am to 11.45 am
15 hours
Option 3 

Wednesday 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm and

Thursday / Friday 8.45 am to 3.00 pm

15 hours

Sessions Available From January 2021

From January 2021 the nursery will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30 pm. 

The new sessions and charges from January 2021 will be:

Sessions Payment
Morning: 08:30am - 11:30am

Funded or non-funded paid session at £18.00

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Paid session at £6.00

Afternoon: 12:30pm - 3:30pm Funded or non-funded paid session at £18.00

In addition, an all-day non-funded session (8.30am – 3.30pm) will be charged at £42.00.

Please note: These sessions cannot be split.

You will be asked to choose a minimum of 2 sessions per week, over a minimum of 2 days. 

If you are eligible for funding and you would like your child to attend all-day, you have the option of paying for the lunch session or taking your child home for lunch and returning for the start of the afternoon session.

Although we hope to accommodate all parents with the sessions they require, these are on a first come, first served basis, as we need to ensure that we have the correct staffing ratios to care for the children. 


Free Entitlement

Your child will be eligible for the Free Entitlement the term after their second or third birthday.

Your child turns three between:

The term in which your child may be eligible for the 2 year old Free Entitlement (if starting as a ‘Rising 3’)

 If not eligible, fees will be payable.

The term in which your child will be eligible for the 3 and 4 year old Universal Free Entitlement and, if eligible, the Extended Free Entitlement.
1 April – 31 August

Autumn Term (September)
following their 2nd birthday

Autumn Term (September)
following their 3rd birthday

1 September – 31 December

Spring Term (January)
following their 2nd birthday

Spring Term (January)
following their 3rd birthday

1 January – 31 March

Summer Term (April)
following their 2nd birthday

Summer Term (April)
following their 3rd birthday

Some ‘Rising 3s’ may be able to access the 2 year old Free Entitlement. To find out if you are eligible and to apply go to:

If eligible, you will receive a letter from the Family Information Service. The unique reference number will need to be given to the nursery in order for us to access your child’s funding to cover the term in which they have their birthday (Rising 3). If you cannot access the funding, fees will be payable until they become eligible for the 3 and 4 year old Universal Free Entitlement, the term after their third birthday.

Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds could also be entitled to an additional 15 hours free childcare through the Extended Free Entitlement. To find out if you are eligible go to If you are eligible, you will need to provide the nursery with your 30 hours eligibility code the term before your child is due to start at the nursery. This will give us time to validate the code with the Family Information Service before confirming your child’s extended nursery place. Once in receipt of the Extended Free Entitlement, you will be required to reconfirm your eligibility with HMRC every three months (approx. 12 weeks)

You can apply for your 30 hour code after your

child turns 2 years and 36 weeks

(16 weeks before their third birthday).

Free Entitlement information can also be obtained from the local authority

West Sussex Family Information Service 01243 77780

The best time to apply for your 30 hour code:

If your child turns three between: They are eligible from: When best to apply for your code:
1 April – 31 August 1 September (autumn term)

15 June to 31 July

1 September – 31 December 1 January (spring term)

15 October to 30 November

1 January – 31 March 1 April (summer term)

15 January to 24 February


If your child starts at the nursery as a ‘Rising 3’ and they are not eligible for the 2 year old Free Entitlement, or you are not entitled to the Extended Free Entitlement (30 hours) and you choose to pay for the additional 15 hours, then our hourly rate of £6.00 will apply.

Weekly fees would be: 15 hours x £6.00 = £90.00 or

                                        30 hours x £6.00 = £180.00.



Working families, including the self-employed, earning under £100k and at least £139 per week each (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum of Living Wage), who are not receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or Childcare Vouchers, will be able to claim Tax-Free Childcare. For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child, per year.

For further information and to apply go to:



The Childcare Voucher Scheme closed to new entrants on 4 October 2018. However, we still accept various childcare vouchers.

To remain in a scheme and to continue to receive tax and National Insurance (NICs) relief on vouchers, you must:

  • stay with the same employer, who must continue to run the scheme
  • not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year.



Parents will be informed, in writing or by email of any other costs that may be incurred throughout the year. They may include any of the following: reminder letters for overdue payments, trips, photos, parties or deliberate damage to resources that can be attributed to your child.