Fees and sessions

Little Dragons offers term-time sessions, 38 Weeks per year:

Mornings – 9am-12pm
Afternoons – 12pm-3pm
Full day – 9am-3pm

Fees:

Under 3s – £18.50 per session or £37 full day
Over 3s – £16.50 per session or £33 full day
A snack is provided, but you will need to bring a packed lunch for afternoon and full day sessions.

Late collection charge

At Little Dragons, children must be collected on time. If your child is still in our care after the session ends, a £20 penalty will be charged for every quarter of an hour (or part thereof) that you are late. When children are picked up late, staff schedules are disrupted and our insurance can be invalidated, so even if it is by just a few minutes, you will still be charged.

How to pay

  • Debit cards can be used with no transaction charges, either at our reception or over the phone.
  • For credit cards/business cards we add a 3% transaction charge. We do not accept American Express.
  • Cheques should be made payable to St George’s CCP.
  • Standing order forms are available from reception.
  • We accept all brands of vouchers issued under the salary sacrifice scheme.

All fees are revised annually at the beginning of June and implemented at the beginning of September. Parents paying subsidised fees will be asked to verify their current circumstances and eligibility at regular intervals.

We require 4 weeks’ notice of any cancellation or amendment to your child’s sessions.

Subsidised places

St George’s has provided affordable childcare within our local community for more than 30 years. We are able to offer subsidised places to families in financial difficulty, so that their children can also have the best possible start in life. All subsidised places are made possible through our programme of charity fundraising; no contribution is taken from families who pay full fees. Please contact the office to find out more.

Grant-assisted funding: 30 Hours of Free Childcare  

The local authorities provide a grant to assist with playgroup fees for children who will be three years old at the start of the next term. The grant is available for a maximum of 30 hours per week for 38 full weeks of the year. This will cover up to 10 sessions per week (3hrs long sessions). Little Dragons is usually open for up to 38 weeks per year, so occasionally there may be may be a day that is not supported by funding.

If a child is attending more than one playgroup setting, the grant for up to 30 hours from September is divided between the providers. If children are attending a nursery attached to a school, the school will claim the funding. Attendance registers are kept and show evidence of each child’s attendance record, the time they arrive and the time they leave each session.