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Charging and Remissions

Parkview Nursery School

Charging and Remissions Policy

Introduction 

This policy reflects our school ethos. It relates to the following school aims 

  • every child will be happy, nurtured and listened to
  • to create confident, capable, independent learners
  • to provide a safe, secure, stimulating play environment
  • to involve parents and families in Nursery life

 

The policy aims:

During the school session, all children have full and free access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

All children have access to 15 hours free Early Education arranged as either 5 mornings, 5 afternoons or 2½ days.

 

Roles and responsibilities of head teacher, other staff, governors etc.

The Head teacher will ensure that the following applies:

During the school day

All activities that relate to the Early years Foundation Stage will be provided free of charge.  This includes any materials, equipment and transport to take pupils between the school and the activity.  

Voluntary contributions may be sought for activities during the school day which entail additional costs, [for example a visit to Dalton Animal Park, the woods etc.]

In these circumstances no pupil will be prevented from participating because his/her parents cannot or will not make a contribution.

From time to time we may invite a non-school based organisation such as zoolab or an artist to arrange an activity during the school day.  There may be a voluntary charge to parents, who may, if they wish, ask the head teacher to agree to their child being absent/taught elsewhere in the school for that period.

 

Snack

School milk is provided free of charge but a voluntary contribution is requested towards the cost of snack. Snack will be made available to all children regardless of whether the parent has made this contribution. 

 

School Lunches and Wrap Around Care

Parents will pay for school dinners and wrap around care however if the child is absent then the payment will be carried forward.  Where possible payments are made in advance, any money owed will be closely monitored and if a bill of more than £30 has accrued and remains unpaid then the service will be withdrawn for that child until the outstanding amount is settled.  Parents will be given at least 1 months’ notice of any increase in price.

If a child meets the criteria for Free School Meals they will not be required to pay for the lunches.

 

Optional activities outside of the school day

We will charge for optional, extra activities provided outside of the school day, for example Stay and Play. Such activities are not part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

 

Education partly during the school day

If a non-residential activity happens partly inside the school day and partly outside of it, there will be no charge if most of the time to be spent on the activity falls within the school day.  Conversely, if the bigger proportion of time spent falls outside of the normal school day, charges will be made.  When such activities are arranged parents will be told how the charges were calculated.

 

Residentials

Charges will be made for board and lodging, except for pupils whose parents are in receipt of 

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Other charges will be made to cover costs when the number of school sessions missed by the pupils totals half or more of the number of half-days taken up by the activity.  In such cases, parents will be told how the charges were calculated.

 

In order to make up any shortfall in overall charges by the residential provider e.g. tuition, parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution.  No child will be denied the opportunity of attending a residential if the parents do not wish to or cannot contribute voluntarily, however it is possible that unless sufficient voluntary contributions are received to cover the cost, the experience will not go ahead.

 

Calculating charges

When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on the actual costs incurred, divided by the total number of pupils participating.  There will be no levy on those who can pay to support those who can’t.  Support for cases of hardship will come through voluntary contributions and fundraising.

Parents who would qualify for support are those who

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to the school and/or charges to parents.

 

Arrangements for monitoring and evaluation

The Finance Committee of the governing body will monitor the impact of this policy by receiving once a year, a financial report on those activities that resulted in charges being levied, the subsidies awarded (without giving names) and the source of those subsidies.

 

Date of Policy : June 2016

Approved by governors …………………………………………… signed …………………………………….

                                                                                         (chair of governors)

Review Date: Summer 2018