*To enable us to sustain ourselves and offer your child the best Pre School education and care we can, Gooseberry Green make a small charge per funded session towards the cost of a healthy snack, materials and resources



Payment Methods


The fees are payable monthly in advance on the last day of each calendar month. Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. We also accept cheques, cash and Tax-Free Childcare. Please ensure you let us have your reference number.

Fees must still be paid if children are absent. If your child should be absent over a long period of time, please speak to our manager. 

Please note: late payments will incur a fee of £40.00

For your child to keep her/his place at Gooseberry Green, you must pay the fees. We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year old children; where funding is not received, then fees apply.

Fees are reviewed annually. 


Nursery Education Funding


We are in receipt of Nursery Education Funding for two, three and four year old children. Where funding is not received then fees apply. We offer the universal 15 hour funding which all 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to. We also offer the additional funding 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the academic year. We are also registered to accept Tax-Free Childcare.



Two year funding 2FEEE for disadvantaged families.


Gooseberry Green is registered to receive FEEE2 which is available to disadvantaged families. This can be claimed through your children’s centre or online via www.essex.gov/help-with-childcare-costs

If you are eligible for this, you will be given a reference number which you need to pass on to Pre School for us to claim on your behalf. You will only be able to use this funding at one setting.


FEEE2W which is available to working families from April 2024. (Summer Term.)


To claim FEEE2W funding for working parents you will need to claim via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you are eligible for this, you will be given a code which you need to pass on to Pre School with your National Insurance number so we can claim on your behalf. You can split this funding across two settings.


Universal 15 hour funding (which every child is entitled to.)


Every 3 and 4 year old child is entitled to 15 hours per week free childcare. Your child will be eligible the term after their third birthday. We will claim this on your behalf but will require a completed funding form every term which we will e mail to you. You can split this funding across two settings.

The funding form must be completed otherwise we cannot claim for your child.



30 hour funding (additional funding)


30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds has been available in England from September 2017 for working parents. The first 15 hours is the Universal Funding which every child is entitled to, the additional 15 hours is for working parents. Not all children are eligible for this, please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk


Autumn Term Funding
Beginning September
Third birthday between 1st April & 31st August


Spring Term Funding
Beginning January


Third birthday between 1st Septmber & 31st December


Summer Term Funding
Beginning April


Third birthday between 1st January & 31st March

You can access the funded hours during the morning and afternoon sessions. All other times will be charged at the current rates.

Please be aware that if any extra sessions are taken after the official headcount date each term, full fees will have to be paid until the following term when you can claim them. You will be notified of the headcount dates.

Please note: terms which exceed the allocated funding weeks will require full payment. 


30 Hour Funding 

If you are eligible to access 30 hour funding for your child, please follow the procedure below.

How to apply for 30 Hour Funding
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