Nursery

Fees and funding

From 18th September 2017, the price for one half-day session is:

Students' children

Children Age Price
Butterflies 6 months to 2 years £15.35
Bumblebees Approx. 2 to 3 years £14.87
Ladybirds Approx. 3 to 5 years £14.81

 

Staff children

Children Age Price
Butterflies 6 months to 2 years £21.25
Bumblebees Approx. 2 to 3 years £20.72
Ladybirds Approx. 3 to 5 years £20.19

There is a £3.20 lunch hour fee for students' and staff children using a half-day session with lunch hour e.g. morning only with lunch hour.

Payment

You are required to sign a User’s Agreement to undertake responsibility for the payment of nursery fees.

Academic Year

Once your child’s sessions have been accepted, you must pay for those sessions during the whole of the Academic Year (31 weeks), whether or not your child attends every week. During the Academic Year, fees are still payable for your child’s normal sessions that fall on a Bank Holiday, when the Nursery is closed.

Vacations

The nursery is open throughout the Christmas, Easter/April and summer vacations. For the vacation periods you will be given a paper booking form and you need to book sessions in advance. You must pay for those booked vacation sessions whether or not your child attends every booked session. You will not be charged for sessions that fall on a Bank Holiday in the vacations, when the nursery is closed.

You will need to contact the Finance team on (023) 9284 5533 or email income@port.ac.uk to set up a Payment Instruction and a Payment Plan, within one week of your child starting at the University Nursery.

Payment Choices

There are four options for paying your nursery fees:

1.) Recurring Debit or Credit Card Payment

You can either pay the invoice in full or in monthly instalments. Recurring Card Payments will be collected on a day to suit your finances, (please specify when setting up your payment instruction). Monthly instalments will be taken to ensure the invoice is paid before the next term begins. A new plan will be created for each invoice.

2.) Direct Debit

You can either pay the invoice in full or in monthly instalments. Direct Debits will be collected on 4th or 20th of each month. Monthly instalments will be taken to ensure the invoice is paid before the next term begins. A new plan will be created for each invoice.

3.) Salary deduction

University of Portsmouth members of staff only. Salary deductions are taken on a monthly basis.

4.) Childcare vouchers

Some employers offer childcare vouchers as a benefit to their employees e.g. Edenred, Busy Bee Benefits, Computer Share, Care-4. If you use childcare vouchers as partial payment of your nursery fees, please provide details to the Finance team so that this can be taken into consideration when your payments are collected. Please ensure your voucher provider quotes your account number or Student ID when making any payments to the University on your behalf.

If you fail to pay the nursery fees when requested to do so, your child’s nursery place will be withdrawn.

During the Academic Year, you will be invoiced termly in advance in October (for 13 weeks), January (for 12 weeks) and April (for 6 weeks). Invoices are calculated and raised by Francesca Sherren, Nursery Manager (A.M.) and are sent to you via email. The nursery managers cannot receive any payment of fees directly.

For vacations, you will be invoiced for the booked sessions in December (for 1 week), April (for 3 weeks), June (for 8 weeks) and August (for 7 weeks).


Notice

Parents are required to give 4 weeks' notice in writing of any permanent reduction in the number of weekly sessions their child attends. 4 weeks' notice is also required to withdraw a child from the nursery.

Early Years Education Funding

All 3 and 4 year old children are eligible for EY education funding, starting in the term after they become 3 years old. The EY education funding provides 15 hours free per week. The nursery claims funding on behalf of all eligible children attending.

Financial Assistance

The Student Finance Centre is able to advise on loans, grants, bursaries, tax credits, housing benefits, income support and budgeting. To contact the Student Finance Centre please telephone (023) 9384 3014 or visit them at the Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road.