Government Funded attendance

Sandcastles is eligible to provide Funded Early Years Entitlement sessions,  starting the term after your child’s third* birthday. *Some children are eligible for funded attendance from their 2nd birthday.

We offer both universal (AKA 15 hours) and extended hours (AKA 30 hours) places.  We offer stretched funding providing funded sessions over 47.5 weeks, we also offer a limited number of term time only places.

To qualify for extended hours parents need to apply online and share their 11 digit funding eligibility code with nursery before term starts, i.e. before 31 Aug, 20 Dec, 31 March.

Our None Core Services fee for the year 2021/2022 is £1 per funded hour and funds, everything we provide above and beyond the statutory EYFS requirements.

Any additional sessions and lunches will be charged at our current rates. 

What do parents need to do in preparation for September 2021?

During June 2021 please apply for your extended hours online at ready for funding to start in September. 

For your child to attend extended funding hours (AKA 30 hours) in autumn term please submit your 11 digit funding code to Sandcastles by 10am Monday 16th August 2021 to allow us to validate your code before the bank holiday break.  If this is not possible please phone Helen to see if there is any way we can help you.  The government has relaxed many of the thresholds for 30 hours eligibility to ensure parents who's income has been effected by Covid19 are not penalised by loosing their access to nursery funding.  Please note that you can combine your government funding with the HMRC Tax Free Childcare scheme.

We are now registering children to join Sandcastles in 2022 and beyond, please get in touch to reserve your child's place.  We are continuing to host our tours as adult only after hours with masks and sanitiser please telephone to book your visit.

Stay safe, x Helen


Fees (2-5 years)

July 2021 - Aug 2022

MORNING   [8:00-12:00]                    £ 22.00
Breakfast, snacks & drinks included
AFTERNOON   [1:00-4:00]                £ 16.50
Snacks & drinks included
DAY   [8:00-4:00]                                  £ 46.55
Breakfast, snacks, drinks & lunch included
LATE   [4:00-5:45]                                £  9.62
Snacks & drinks included
FULL WEEK                                       £265.00
8:00 - 5:45 Monday-Friday
Breakfast, snacks, drinks & lunches included

 Fees are calculated monthly and annualised to enable standing orders and voucher payments.

To assure your child’s continued place, we must ask you to pay by the 8th of each month. Late payments are subject to a £1 per day charge.

 Payments accepted: Cash, Online bank transfer, Employer Salary Sacrifice Schemes, HMRC Tax Free Childcare & Cheques. 

Help with Childcare Costs 

Paying for childcare is a considerable expense for parents and it is vital that you are aware of all the help that is available. There are several options to consider, including the use of tax credits, employer childcare vouchers and your entitlement to free sessions under the Nursery Education Funding scheme for 3 and 4 year olds.