Finance and Fees

  Please find detailed below the fees and charges applicable to all children attending Cambridge Steiner School for the school year September 2017 to July 2018

 

 Fees and Financial information

 

This document sets out the fees and charges applicable to all children attending Cambridge Steiner School for the school year September 2017 to July 2018

 

Application charges

All new applications incur the following costs:

 

Administration Fee - paid with application form Non-Refundable

£60 per application

Deposit - paid on receipt of admittance letter.  Refundable on leaving the School (unless there are any fees / expenses outstanding.)

£500 per child

 

Little Kindergarten - Buttercups Kindergarten

For children between the ages of 2 ½ and 3 ½

Children may attend for 3 or 4 mornings per week. Sessions run from 8.30am to 1.00pm.

 

Kindergartens  - Elderflower, Appleblossom and Rosebud Kindergartens

For children between the ages of 3 ½ and 6 ½

Sessions are from 8.30am to 1.00pm or 3.00pm. Children may attend from 3 - 5 mornings/days per week. 

To note:  Children are recommended to attend a minimum of 4 mornings at 4 years of age and 5 mornings at 5 years of age, per week.

 

Kindergarten Fees - per term

 

Mornings

 

Afternoons

 

0

1

2

3

4

5

3

£1,505

£1,670

£1,805

£1,915

 

 

4

£1,855

£1,970

£2,090

£2,185

£2,265

 

5

£2,110

£2,205

£2,285

£2,380

£2,430

£2,490

 

Afternoon Care Session

For children between the ages of 3 and 6 ½

Sessions are from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and children may attend from 1 - 5 afternoons per week.

 

Per Session

Pre-booked and paid termly

£17.50**

Ad-hoc sessions without pre-booking

£18.50 (subject to availability)

 

**These fees apply where children attend only the afternoon care session and have not come from morning kindergarten. Fees for full days are in the previous table.

 

Woodland Kindergarten Days

The children from our Elderflower, Appleblossom & Rosebud kindergartens spend one morning per week in the nearby Fulbourn Fen.  Effective from September 2017, this is included in the school fees.

 

Early Years Funding (EYF)

Children between the ages three and five are entitled to claim Early Years Funding for up to 15 hours per week, which the school claims on behalf of the child. This funding pays for a proportion of the fees. Hours above the 15 funded EYF hours are charged at the standard rate per hour.

 

Funding is allocated from the term after a child turns three until the end of the term during which they turn five. Please consult the Local Authority website for further details. The final decision of eligibility will rest with the Local Authority.  Please note that the hours claimed for EYF funding are set at the beginning of each term and the hours claimed cannot be changed during a term.

 

Effective from September 2017, the 15 hours early years funding will be available between the following hours:

                                              

Buttercups: 8.30am – 12.15pm, Monday – Thursday

Elderflower, Appleblossom and Rosebud: 8.30am – 11.30am, Monday - Friday

 

As our term times are slightly shorter than mainstream schools, we are not able to offer the full 38 weeks early years funding each academic year. Early years funding is however available for every week of our academic year. Parents are able to claim unused hours from another provider if their child is registered with another setting.

 

 A separate document is available on request with more details regarding Early Years Funding.

 

Lower School – Classes 1 to 7

Children aged from rising 6 to 12 years.

Classes run from 8.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

 

Termly fee:

£2,490

Yearly Fee:

£7,470

 

School Lunches

The kindergarten sessions, both morning and afternoon, include the cost of a healthy snack and any baking materials. Fully organic and vegetarian lunches are provided in Kindergarten for a cost of £2.40 per day.

 

We offer a seasonal, organic vegetarian hot lunch option for lower school pupils at a cost of £2.75 per day.

 

Lunches are pre-booked on a termly basis (rebates are not given for periods of absence).

 

Parent and Child/Baby Groups – Snowdrops and Seedlings

For parents (including expectant parents) and children from birth to 3 years

Snowdrops (Parent & Child) sessions run Mondays-Thursdays 9.30-11.30am. Seedlings (Parent & Baby) is Fridays 9.30-11am and 1-2.30pm. Parents can choose to attend one or a combination of sessions. For more details regarding different sessions and a booking form, please email or call the school.  We can arrange for you to talk to the group leader and/or attend a free taster session.

 

Half Termly fee:

£42.50*

* Fees are payable in advance.  (Refunds cannot made for sessions missed)

 

General information

Additional costs

There are charges for individual educational items such as recorders, the cost of school trips and/or travel costs for additional school outings. Parents are notified in advance.

 

Sibling discounts

These are available for all children, at the rate of 20% for the youngest child(ren) enrolled in the School.

 

Bursaries

The school considers applications for fee discounts through our Bursary Scheme, which is based on an evidence-based means test and subject to availability.  Families who are unable to meet the required fees can apply to the Community Bursary Fund. Please see our website for further details and a downloadable copy of the Application Form and our Bursary Policy.

 

Payment of Accounts

Payments can be made by standing order, bank transfer or through your employer’s salary sacrifice scheme (salary sacrifice schemes can be used until your child is of compulsory school age), cheque or cash. Fees are invoiced before the start of each term and are payable in full within 21 days or by monthly standing order. The method of payment must be agreed with the Finance Officer in advance of the term/year start date.

 

Please note:  All fees are reviewed annually and therefore financial agreements will be valid for the current school academic year.

 

Childcare vouchers

We are able to accept Childcare Vouchers provided by some employers for children aged up to 5. Vouchers cannot be accepted once the child reaches compulsory school age. Please note that in accordance with HM Revenue and Customs guidelines, compulsory education starts from the term after a child reaches age 5. Prior to that the “education” is deemed to be childcare.

 

Late or non payment of fees

Interest on unpaid fees will accumulate at 5% over the Bank of England interest rate. Please see our ‘Non-payment of fees policy’ for more information on how the school approaches late fee payment.

 

Important Note:  Voluntary withdrawal of a child from either Kindergarten or the Primary School, after formal acceptance has been confirmed and the contract is signed, is subject to one full half term’s notice (notice given on or before the first day of a half-term and expiring at the end of that half-term) or one full half-term’s fees in lieu of notice being payable. This is the case whether withdrawal should take place mid-term or at the end of an academic year.

 

Donations

Cambridge Steiner School is an independent school that relies solely on parental input and contributions (financial and otherwise) for its financial and environmental wellbeing. The school strongly encourages parents to make additional financial contributions above the prescribed ‘fees’ wherever possible, towards the provision of educational resources and bursaries. These are best made as ‘Gift aid’ donations.  

 

Gifts of this nature, both small and large, are invaluable to us as they enable us to provide a better teaching and learning environment for our children, as well as allowing us to maintain a bursary system. Our ability to keep our fees low and access to a Steiner education as broad as possible relies to a large extent on the generosity of those parents who are able to make donations of this kind. If you are able to make a donation, please contact reception for a Gift Aid form, or you can find one on our website. Thank you.

 

Parental involvement

Parents are always welcome to take an active role within the school. During the year we organise various events which you are invited to. We run parents evenings each term, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. We also organise fundraising events such as an Advent Fair, Barn Dance or May Fair to help us buy materials for the children. The school is run by a group of trustees and we are always looking for new members to join in.

 

Parental involvement is also vital for your child’s learning and development as you are the prime educators and know what your child’s interests are and their preferred learning style.

 

Contact

The fees will be confirmed in advance of your child(ren) starting at the school, but if you would like assistance in calculating the expected fees or if you have any other questions, please contact Tara Livermore, School Manager, Tel 01223 882727 or email tara.livermore@cambridge-steiner-school.co.uk.