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Fees and funding

Nursery fees
Invoices and payment
Refunds
Funding for students
Government funded free hours

Nursery fees

Nursery fees does not include snacks, nappies and bottle feeds. The midday meal is an additional £3.00 per day. Half days are not available in baby and toddler groups.

Students may be eligible for financial assistance with their childcare costs whilst studying. You can find full details about all childcare support on the DfE website.

If you are currently studying or planning to study at Sheffield Hallam, you should apply to your local authority for childcare funding application forms and to the Student Finance Centre to find out about childcare assistance available directly from the University.

We accept Childcare Vouchers. Sheffield Hallam University staff can save on their childcare fees by applying for vouchers. Information is available at the staff intranet.

Nursery fees from 1st September 2018
Age Day Half day
0-3 £50.50  
3-5 £47.50 £32.00

*We do not offer half days for children under 3 years. Half days for over 3s are subject to availability and are reviewed each term.

The cost of snacks is charged in addition to this daily rate at 50p per child per day.

If you would like to order a hot midday meal for your child, this can be provided by our external supplier at a cost of £3.00 per child per day. Alternatively you can bring a packed lunch for your child.

Nappies can be provided by the nursery at a cost of 50p per day per child. Alternatively parents can supply their own on a daily basis.

Full day sessions are from 8am to 6pm. Half days are 8am to 1pm/1pm to 6pm. The fees will apply to both our student and non-student contract. They will also apply to extra sessions booked outside of your contract, for example, Christmas, Easter and summer when you will be able to choose the sessions you require.

The nursery fees rates will increase from 1 September each year.

Invoices and payment

Sheffield Hallam University students

Payment for your annual nursery care is split into nine monthly installments, due on the 1st of each month. Details of how to pay are given on your invoice, which we will send you after you have signed a contract accepting your place at the nursery. Please read the terms and conditions on the back of your contract carefully.

If you are having difficulties paying your bill, it is best to contact the University's Finance Department early on 0114 225 3905 and come to an agreed arrangement for payment.

Invoices should be paid directly to the University's Finance Department. Fees for any extra sessions or settling in sessions, however, can be paid by cheque direct to the nursery. Please always state your child's name, your account number and what the payment is for on the back of any cheque.

Non-students

Payment for your annual nursery care is split into 11 instalments, due on the 1st of each month. There is no payment in August. August sessions are booked as extras and invoiced seperately. Details of how to pay are given on your invoice, which we will send you after you have signed a contract accepting your place at the nursery. Please read the terms and conditions on the back of your contract carefully.

Refunds

The nursery does not refund fees because of a child's absence.

If, however, staff and parents agree that a child has not settled, or if a student withdraws from his/her course, we shall refund the balance of your fees for the term. In both cases, it is the responsibility of the parent to inform the nursery.

No reduction of fees will be agreed without the agreement of the nursery manager.

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Funding for students

There are grants available from Local Education Authorities to help students with their childcare costs and you should obtain further information from your own Local Education Authority.

Further advice about childcare funding, including schemes run by Sheffield Hallam University, can be obtained from:

Sheffield Hallam University Student Finance Centre
Hallam Union Advice Centre

Government funded hours

Free Early Learning (FEL)

Up to 15 hours FEL a week of funded childcare are available for all children aged 3-4, and eligible 2 year olds for a total of 38 weeks a year. The dates are laid out in our nursery calendars. Weeks outside the 38 funded weeks will be charged at the daily rate.

3 year olds become eligible from the term after their third birthday. 2 year olds become eligible after their second birthday if they have received an approval letter.

Children born on or between:

  • 1 Apr–31 Aug will be eligible to claim from the Autumn term (1 Sept–31 Dec)
  • 1 Sep–31 Dec will be eligible to claim from the Spring term (1 Jan–31 Mar)
  • 1 Jan–31 Mar will be eligible to claim from the Summer term (1 Apr–31 Jul)

Availability needs to be discussed and mutually agreeable sessions determined that suits you as a family as well as availability at the nursery. Sessions can be changed on a termly basis as per our terms and conditions.

2 year old FEL sessions can be taken between 9am and 5pm.

Extended Free Entitlement (EFE)
30 hours funding is available for working families with 3-4 year olds, and is subject to eligibility criteria detailed in our funding pack.

EFE can be claimed over 38 week term dates as laid out in our non-student calendar. Weeks outside the 38 funded weeks will be charged at the daily rate. How we offer FEL and EFE funded sessions

We offer set funded sessions of up to 6 hours per day, 3 hours from 9am to 12pm and 3 hours from 1pm to 4pm as follows:

8am-9am 9am-12pm 12pm-1pm 1pm-4pm  4pm-5pm  5pm-6pm 
Wrap around care FEL/EFE Wrap around care FEL/EFE Wrap around care Wrap around care

The cost of wrap around care is £7.00 per hour.

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