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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 2015 to July 2016

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: £500 per child

Deposit refundable on leaving the School (unless there are any fees / expenses outstanding.)

Kindergartens

Elderflower, Appleblossom and Rosebud Kindergartens

For children between the ages of 3 ½ and 6 ½

Sessions are from 8.30am to 1pm.  Children may be collected at 1pm or children can go to the Lavender afternoon care sessions from 1.00pm until 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

Afternoons
0 1 2 3 4 5
Mornings 2 £1,020 £1,210 £1,370
3 £1,400 £1,550 £1,680 £1,780
4 £1,720 £1,830 £1,940 £2,030 £2,100
5 £1,960 £2,050 £2,120 £2,210 £2,260 £2,310

 

Little Kindergarten – Buttercups Kindergarten

for children between the ages of 2 ½ and 3 ½

Children may attend from 2 – 4 mornings per week.  Sessions run from 8.30am to 1.00pm.  From the age of 3 yrs children can go to the Lavender afternoon care session from 1.00pm until 3.00pm

(see below for more details of Lavender afternoon care sessions)

Lavender 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 £16.00
Ad-hoc sessions without pre-booking £17.00 (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)

Snacks and Lunches in Kindergarten

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 £2.20 per day.

(Rebates are not given for periods of absence).

 

Woodland Kindergarten Days

The children from our Elderflower, Appleblossom & Rosebud kindergartens spend one morning per week in the nearby Fulbourn Fen.  This is included in the school fees where full fees are paid.*

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 claim 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 is 3yrs until the end of the term during which they turn 5yrs.  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.

*  The Woodland sessions are not covered by Early Years Funding and as such, where full fees are not paid, a charge of £300 per term will be payable to cover the increased costs of delivery.

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

Parent & Child
Dandelions

For parents (including expectant parents) and children from birth to 2 ½ yrs

The parent and children groups run Monday to Friday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am, including drink and snacks for children and parents. Parents can choose to attend one or a combination of mornings.  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 taster session (£5).

Half Termly fee: £45.00*

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

Primary School
Primary school – classes 1 to 5

Children aged from rising 6 to 11 years.

Classes run from 8.30 to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Termly fee: £2,310 Yearly Fee: £6,930

 

Other 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 on or before the first day of each term, in three equal instalments throughout the term (starting on the first day of term, second instalment payable within 30 days, third within 60 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.

Our Bank Details are as follows:

Account Name: Cambridge Steiner School
Account Number:  60164569
Sort code: 20-17-19
IBAN: GB54 BARC 201719 60164569
SWIFT: BARCGB22 60164569

 

Please ensure that you include the name of your child(ren) in the reference.

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 age 3 & 4. 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 from the 1st week of the 1st term for which fees have not been paid in advance.  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 a full term’s notice or a full 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 a Christmas 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 interest 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.