Brue Farm, Lovington,
Castle Cary BA7 7PP

Fees Policy

Brue Farm Day Nursery has developed a three-tier fee structure depending on your child’s age. 


Per Hour

0 - 2


2 - 3


3 - 5



There is a 4 hour minimum to any one session. Meals are charged at £2.50 per lunch/ tea.

If claiming the Nursery Education Funding then an additional charge for food is applicable.  This is currently £2.50 for lunch and £2.50 for afternoon tea.

***This is the rate applicable if your child’s day is longer than the funded hours allow.

 A £25.00 non-refundable registration fee is payable with your booking form.

Late charges will apply where earlier drop offs/later pick ups occur which amount to 15 minutes and over.  This charge will be charged at a quarterly hour rate according to the child’s age.  (Fees as from April 2022 invoice onwards)

Payment of fees

All nursery fees are paid monthly in advance by cash, cheque, BACS or childcare vouchers.  No refunds will be given for sickness or absences. One week holiday per annum at a rate of 50% usual fees will be given providing the nursery has one month’s advance notice in writing, and any additional holiday days will be charged at full nursery fees.

Sibling rates are available please ask a member of the management team, however sibling rates will no longer apply once a sibling is receiving Early Years Funding.

We will be closed between Christmas and New Year.  To continue good quality practice we will also be closed for up to 3 in-house training days throughout the year, which you will not be charged for.  Plenty of advance notice will be given for you to make alternative arrangements.

The session costs do not include nappies, lotions or wipes.

Extra one off sessions may be available, please ask a member of the management team.

One month’s written notice will be required to cancel/reduce a session or place, during which fees will be charged at the normal rate.

Non payment of fees will result in additional charges being added as shown in our terms and conditions and will affect the security of your child’s place.

 Getting help from your employer with childcare costs:

If you are working and pay for your childcare your employer may be able to help you with some of your childcare costs, this scheme has recently been updated.

For more information regarding tax free childcare elements and to check what help you could get with childcare costs from the government, please look on the following internet link https://www.gov.uk/sign-in-childcare-account

Voucher payments

We are currently registered with the following voucher companies:

●      Edenred/Accor

●      Computershare

●      Busy Bees

●      Sodexo

●      Care 4

●      Co Op Group

●      Enjoy Benefits

●      Kiddivouchers

However, should your employer be offering a different scheme Brue Farm Day Nursery will be happy to register with the relevant scheme.

Early Years Funding

We provide places for Early Years Funding. Funding is available to all 3yr and 4yr olds and activates the term after the child’s 3rd birthday. Children are able to access 570 hours of funding per year with no more than 15 hours per week being accessed, and this Early Years Funding is known as the universal 15 funded hours per week accessed term time only, or 11 hours per week (universal) stretched over 51 weeks of the year (all year round).

From 1 September, 2017, the government introduced 30 hours Early Years Funding which is available to 3yr and 4yr olds. This comprises of the universal 15 funded hours per week term time only/11 hours funded hours per week stretched over 51 weeks of the year (all year round) AND an additional 15 hours per week term time only/11 hours per week stretched over 51 weeks of the year (all year round). There are eligibility requirements for 30 hours childcare for parents of 3- and 4-year-olds in England, please see these government websites for more information regarding this: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds



Please note that it is the responsibility of the Parent/Carer to re-check their eligibility code every three months to ensure that they are eligible for the 30 hours funding.


Brue Farm Day Nursery will provide places for the additional hours where able to, but these hours will be capped per child to ensure the nursery’s sustainability and the high standards of the nursery’s care for your child/ren are consistently met. 

The nursery will ensure that we will work in partnership with other settings to be able to provide shared care of your child/ren where the Early Years Funding of the additional hours can be spread over two settings.  Please speak to the management team about this.

The additional Funding will be continually assessed every three months by the Somerset’s Early Years Funding team to ensure that the parent/carer’s eligibility of the funding is in place.  If funding for the additional hours is withdrawn at any point, any outstanding nursery fees will be paid for by the parent/carer.

Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare are two separate government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare. You can apply for both through one online application – the childcare service.  Brue Farm Day Nursery is registered for both these schemes.  www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk

Brue Farm Day Nursery is also registered for 2yr old funding, please speak to the management team to see if your child is eligible for this.



Please provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate when you register your child.



Updated: 1 April, 2022 by Kath Farthing, Owner/Manager