Fees and Funding

Membership Fees

We are open 5 days a week, 51 weeks per year, from 8.00am until 6.00pm, excluding Bank Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year.

We offer full day care either on a full week, part week or sessional basis.

We charge a £50.00 non-refundable registration fee which covers your child’s settling in sessions and all administration costs.
You will also be required to pay £300 to secure a childcare place, this will be allocated against your first months invoice when starting on the agreed date and sessions.

Non-Funded Rates

(Ages 1-3)

FULL DAY £51.00


  *PART DAY £46.00


Weekly Fees Monthly Fees Weekly Fees Monthly Fees
3 Days Per Week £153.00 £663.00 £138.00 £598.00
4 Days Per Week £204.00 £884.00 £184.00 £797.33
5 Days Per Week £229.50 ** £994.50 ** £218.50 ** £946.83 **

** Discounted Rate for 5 Days (discount not available when receiving 30 hours funding)

Non Funded Fees (age 1-3) 
We offer a 5% sibling discount for the oldest child, this is not available once accessing the 15 or 30 hours funding
**Full week discount not available for 3-4 year old’s accessing 15 or 30 hours funding.
*Part days have limited availability for 3-4 year old’s accessing 15 or 30 hours funding.

Non Funded Fees include all food and drink; Breakfast, Morning snack, Hot lunch, Afternoon snack and Tea. We will also, where possible, cater for all special dietary requirements.

Non Funded Fees do not include Nappies, Creams, wipes and baby formula milk (Cow’s milk is included).

Fees are payable monthly in advance via direct debit, debit card, or childcare vouchers and are charged across 52 weeks of the year

Fees will be reviewed annually, and parents will be informed of any increase with 2 months notice.   Membership Form – Nursery Rhymes

Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) (age 3-5)

“Funded 15” and “Funded 30” Hours

When your child is eligible for Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) the below information explains what parents / carers must do in plenty of time before your child’s 3rd Birthday.

All children aged 3 and 4 years old are entitled to the universal 15 hours funding the term after their 3rd birthday as shown below:-

For a child born: Eligible from:
Between 1 September and 31 December 1 January or beginning of Spring term following 3rd Birthday
Between 1 January and 31 March 1 April or beginning of Summer term following 3rd Birthday
Between 1 April and 31 August 1 September or beginning of Autumn term following  3rd Birthday

From 1st September 2017 some 3-4 year olds will also be entitled to an additional 15 hours funding per week, making a total of 30 hours a week. The government provide this based on term time only over 38 weeks of the year.

We offer both the Funded 15 hours and additional 15 hours (Funded 30) on a “stretched basis” over 51 weeks, therefore giving families access to funded hours spread equally throughout the year and invoiced monthly.

On a “stretched basis” the universal 15 hours will be given as 11 hours per week.

For children entitled to the additional 15 hours (30 hours total)  this will be given as 22.3 hours per week on our stretched funding over 51 weeks.

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. 

You can’t get 30 hours funded childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

What do you as a parent / carer need to do?

  1. For both the universal 15 hours or the funded 30 hours  you need to sign a Parental Declaration Form v12017 for Leicester City Council to provide us with the funding.
  2. For funded 30 hours you need to get an eligibility code for the additional 15 hours from the Childcare Choices website.
  3. You need to supply the Eligibility codechild’s Date of Birth and your National Insurance Number to us to validate.
  4. You will then need to choose either our Gold or Silver Funded Package and sign the following which explains the options available at Nursery Rhymes in more detail.
    30 hours funding letter to parents – NR

Funding can not be implemented until the above have been completed.

For further information on funding, tax-free childcare, tax credits and vouchers please visit the governments website – Childcare Choices