Fees (monthly)

Please email for a copy of our current fees.

Our fees are paid monthly in advance and must be received by the first day of each month . Often a child starts on a date other than the first of the month. In this situation the first payment will be on a pro rata basis , using the daily rate , to the end of the month and thereafter full months will be due on the first of the month. Our fees include : breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks, cow’s milk, nappies, baby wipes, nappy cream and sun cream.

Seahorse Nursery offers places out when they become available. We offer nursery places based on:
– Where a sibling attends the nursery
– Where you have requested a transfer for your child from another Seahorse Nursery
– Date of registration (form and receipt of payment)
– Required start date

When a place becomes available you will be contacted and given 48 hours to accept. Once you have accepted a place we send a formal offer letter and you have 5 days to pay the deposit and sign the terms and conditions which secures the Nursery place. The nursery place is only guaranteed if the terms and conditions are signed and returned and the requisite deposit is received within this time.

We require a deposit of one month’s full fees. The deposit is refundable once your child has left the nursery and the final fees due have been paid; our bursar reconciliates your child’s account before the deposit is returned. The deposit is not refundable if you do not take up your child’s place.

Our preferred method of payment is by direct debit.

Payment can also be made by the government Tax Free Childcare system or via manual bank transfer. However, please note, for BACs payment there is an additional administration charge of £5 per month which will be added to your invoice.

Seahorse Nursery accepts payment, via the Childcare Voucher system, in respect of Fees only. Under the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulations we are not allowed to accept vouchers for the Registration fee, deposit or outings etc.

In the event that you would like to serve notice for your child to leave the nursery, or reduce the number of days your child comes to the nursery, we require two months’ notice in writing; or the payment of two months fees in lieu of notice.

CANCELLING or DEFERRING a child’s place prior to a child’s start date
A child’s place is deemed to have been accepted once the Seahorse Nursery terms and conditions have been signed by the parent/guardian and received by the nursery. The deposit is non-refundable if a child’s place is cancelled. If your child has started at the nursery and you wish to serve notice, then the deposit of one month’s fees for a Nursery place is refundable (provided two calendar months’ notice have been given and there are no outstanding payments due to the Nursery). If a parent/guardian would like to defer their child’s start date (having accepted a place and paid the deposit) the following options are available:
a) Continue to pay the fees due for the nursery place to retain it.
b) Cancel the place (your deposit will be retained) and re-join the registration list and wait for a further place to become available. A further place will be offered based on the admission criteria.

Our Nursery is open 51 weeks a year. We are closed for up to five working days over the Christmas period and for all bank holidays. The monthly fees remain the same every month regardless of these holidays which have been built into the daily fees. We also close for two inset days per year to enable whole staff training – these dates will be given in advance.

Seahorse Nursery administers the Government offer of funded (free) early education hours. This totals 570 hours per year for all 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-old children. The free hours are incorporated into the childcare fees. Children who are eligible can take up a place after their second or third birthday on the relevant date shown below.

Child born betweenWill be eligible from
1 January and 31 March1 April
1 April and 31 August1 September
1 September and 31 December1 Janaury

To access the universal free place at Seahorse Nursery you must agree to our ‘Agreed additional services package’ as listed below. Your universal free place is for a minimum of two full days and based on what you choose for your child and nursery availability. The current government grant varies by local authority; funding is for 15 hours per week and for 38 weeks a year. Seahorse Nursery claims and administers this on your behalf.

30 HOUR EXTENDED OFFER (additional 15 funded hours)
Seahorse Nursery administers the Government offer of funded (free) extended early education hours. Parents need to apply through the official website – www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or call the hotline on 0300 123 4097. If you are successful you will be given an 11 digit eligibility code (beginning 5000). You will need to reapply for the additional 15 hours every 3 months. For us to administer the 30 hour offer we require the following information:
– 30 hour eligibility code (known as DERN)
– Parent/s name
– Address and postcode
– Parent’s national insurance number
– Name of child and DOB of child
– Parents written consent for the Nursery to contact the Local Authority to check eligibility.

Agreed Additional services package: Includes our carefully resourced Nursery environment, highly qualified and experienced pedagogues, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, an enriched curriculum including our bespoke Inky Swot curriculum (maths and literacy programme), partnership with the Seahorse family and extended opening hours.

Please note that it may be possible to access a completely free offer at another provider and you should contact the Wandsworth EECP Team for further details.