Some childcare providers charge additional fees. It’s important that you ask about these before you sign your contract so that you can budget and also to ensure you don’t get a surprise when your invoice arrives.
Your childcare provider will ask you to sign a contract when your child takes up a place. There should not be any deposit/fees for early education funded hours. However, if you pay for additional hours, you may be required to pay a deposit.
Ask your childcare provider if meals, snacks or nappies are payable on top of the hourly or sessional cost and if these charges are optional. When your child is only accessing the funded 15 or 30 hours there should not be any additional mandatory fees to pay.
The majority of outings will be low cost or free. Trips to the local park, the beach and the library are popular with childcare providers and offer valuable learning opportunities for your child. Your childcare provider may wish to take the child further afield, perhaps to the zoo or a farm – trips like this may incur an additional charge, but you should be given plenty of notice or choose for your child not to take part in the outing.
If you have any queries about additional fees, speak to your childcare provider in the first instance. If you have any other queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org