Cygnets Nursery
Cygnets Nursery

Fees and Funding


Free Early Education for 2 year olds (FEET)

Feet funding offers eligible children up to 15 hours free early years provision a week a from the term after their second birthday. Applications for FEET funding can be made via and searching for FEET


Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds


The term after your child’s third birthday they will be eligible for up to 30 hours free early years provision a week. 15 hours universal entitlement is available to all children with an additional 15 hours available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year. Working will include employed and self-employed persons. Parents do not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but rather their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at NMW or NLW, which is £107 a week at the current NMW rate. This includes those parents on zero contract hours who meet the criteria.

This funding will continue until the child starts reception class. The hours can be shared between three settings however if you wish to withdraw your child a full terms notice is required as funding cannot be transferred to another provider within a school term unless agreed by Surrey County Council. Go it to apply.



If the child is 3 between September and December they will be eligible for the grant from the following January.

If they are 3 between January and March they will be eligible for the grant from April. If they turn 3 between April and August they will be eligible for the grant from the following September.

We will give you the forms to complete at the necessary time, and we will need you to show us the Birth Certificate of your child as proof of date of birth.

If a child is to leave our setting before moving on to school, or to reduce the number of sessions attended, parents must give at least six weeks’ notice of the leaving date in writing. Fees will be payable (or grant claimed by us), until that date.

We are flexible about attendance patterns and wherever possible accommodate the needs of individual children and families. The nursery education funding rules state that 'I understand my child could lose their funded place if they do not attend regularly without a reason being provided for their absence'. Therefore, if your child has not attended half of their sessions in any half term period (usually 6 or 7 weeks) they will lose their place at the nursery unless they have a valid reason (e.g. letter from doctor in the case of serious illness or holiday).


For sessions outside of your free entitlements fees are charged at £7.50 an hour

For Example – your child attends 4 morning sessions a week.

4 mornings x 4 hours = 16 hours

16 hours – 15 hours free entitlement = 1 hour

1 x £7.50 Therefore you will be invoiced £7.50 a week.



For those not eligible for funding our fees are :-

Morning session -     8:30am to 12:30pm - £30.00

Afternoon session - 12:30pm to 3:30pm - £22.50

All day session -        8:30am to 3:30pm - £52.50


A non-refundable registration fee is payable when your child is offered a place.





The nursery regards snack and mealtimes, as an important part of the Nursery day. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating. Heathy snacks consisting of seasonal fruits and vegetables are available daily to the children at morning snack time along with breadsticks and raisons.

You will be invoiced at the beginning of each term for your child’s snack at a cost of 50p a day, this is non-refundable. If you wish to provide your child with their own snack, then this must be placed in a named container.



Consumables                                                                                                                   We ask for a voluntary donation to help cover the cost of our consumables which is not covered by the Surrey Early Years funding. This include, craft supplies, sand, messy play, your child’s learning journal, and personal care. A charge of 50p per morning session, 50p per afternoon session and a £1.00 for all day sessions will be charged at the start of each term.


Invoices                                                                                                                          Will be sent out at the beginning of each half term for that term, and payment is due within two weeks. We encourage parents/carers to speak to the nursery manager if there are any issues with payment, in which case alternative arrangements will be made. Payment can be made by cash, bank transfer and childcare voucher scheme (please check with us that we are signed up to your employment scheme).


We appreciate that from time to time children are absent from Nursery and this can be for various reasons such as a holiday, illness and family commitments. Regrettably if you child is absent we are unable to reduces the fees for your child as your child’s space is reserved for them and  therefore we are unable to fulfil the space for the period that they are absent.