Admissions & Fees
We are able to offer regular booking patterns to support the needs of families. Places can be booked on either half hourly, daily or weekly booking patterns.
We allocate places on a first come first served basis, but you can apply for a place and join the waiting list without obligation. A place can be confirmed at the Childcare Centre with a £30.00 deposit (refunded on your child's first invoice).
Please contact the Childcare Centre for current fees.
- We offer places from year round childcare to a variety of term time places.
- Bridgwater & Taunton College Staff receive a 5% discount on fees.
- Siblings receive a 10% discount on fees (eldest child).
- Year round places get the benefit of holiday entitlement (2 weeks of regular booking at 50%).
- Fees are invoiced monthly in advance.
Assistance with fees
Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one please, making it east to find out whats on offer. Go to the Childcare Choices website to see how they can help you.
Help with childcare costs is available through a number of schemes, such as........
Free Nursery Entitlement - Government funding for 3 and 4 year olds
Early education grant funding is provided by the government to ensure that all children in the two years prior to starting school are able to access good quality free early years education. It pays for 570 hours of childcare per year from the date the child becomes eligible until they turn 5 or until they transition to school. A child becomes eligible in the term following their third birthday.
There are some limitations as to how the funding can be claimed; a minimum of 2.5 hours can be claimed per day, with a maximum of 15 hours per week. Any hours or meals accessed above this will charged directly to the parent.
Government 30 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
At the moment all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare a week for up to 38 weeks a year, or 570 hours a year if stretched.
The government has increased this entitlement to 30 hours a week (for up to 38 weeks a year). In Somerset, families can 'stretch' this entitlement to a maximum of 1140 hours a year.
This will only be available to working families that meet the set criteria.
2 Year Funding
Families with 2 year old children who meet a certain criteria can apply for funding for 2 year olds. Its is similar to the free nursery entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds however is only available for parents/carers receiving certain benefits.
For more information please visit Somerset County Council's website.
Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit / Universal Credit
If you are aged 16 or over and you and your partner work over 24 hours per week with a household income of under £40,000, you may be entitled to the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit. If you're single you need to do paid work of at least 16 hours a week.
With the roll out of Universal Credit, replacing Tax Credits in the area, you can also apply for the childcare element of Universal Credit.
To check your eligibility for Tax Credits / Universal Credit visit HM Revenue and Customs website.
Childcare Vouchers / Tax Free Childcare
Childcare Vouchers were available through employers; they offer tax and national insurance exemption on a salary sacrifice to pay for childcare at a registered childcare setting. We accept all types of childcare vouchers.
Childcare Vouchers have been replaced with the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. For more information please see childcarechoices.gov.uk
Care to Learn
If you are under 20 and have one or more children, Care to Learn can help with the cost of your childcare while you're learning.
You can find out more at Gov.uk's website.
Student support can advise on funding available for students, in some cases this can pay up to 90% of Childcare Costs. For more information please email Student Support or call 01278 441233.
For information about fees and fee assistance schemes, please contact us.