Information regarding pricing

Pricing: Academic Year September 2017 to August 2018

 At Mount School Out of Hours Club we believe in open communication with all our parents and staff. We set our prices to achieve an affordable charging structure that allows school to offer excellent provision at as low a cost as possible.

 

 We set our prices for the whole of the academic year so you are not faced with unforeseen cost increases during the school year and we last raised our prices in September 2010 and September 2015. We are keeping our September 2017 pricing static.

 

 Pricing per child for academic year September 17 to August 18

 

Session

Cost

Weekly

Whole year

Breakfast

£3.75

£18.75

£712.50

After School

£6.00

£30.00

£1,140.00

 

 The Club is open 190 days during term time. The weekly and whole year costs above are shown for guidance and are based on a single child attending each club for the whole week.

 

Term Dates

Term

Dates

Days

Breakfast

After School

Total

Autumn

06 Sept 17 to 20 Oct 17

33

£123.75

£198.00

£321.75

Autumn

31 Oct 17 to 21 Dec 17

38

£142.50

£228.00

£370.50

Spring

08 Jan 18 to 16 Feb 18

30

£112.50

£180.00

£292.50

Spring

26 Feb 18 to 29 Mar 18

24

£90.00

£144.00

£234.00

Summer

17 Apr 18 to 25 May 18

28

£105.00

£168.00

£273.00

Summer

04 Jun 18 to 24 Jul 18

37

£138.75

£222.00

£360.75

 

Totals

190

£712.50

£1,140.00

£1,852.50

Please note that costs assume one child attending Monday to Friday

 

 Places – when you register your child for either breakfast or after school club you are reserving a place for your required club on the specified days. The registration form allows you to state which days of the week and which club(s) you wish your child to attend. This information is used to determine the minimum required staffing levels and you are signalling your intent to pay the club throughout the year. You are charged per registered place and not the number of sessions attended.

 

 If you fail to keep up with payment your reserved place will be withdrawn. However, family circumstances can and do change and we will aim to be as flexible as possible in such instances. You will still need to provide notice and settle outstanding payments. See below for further information.

 

 Additional Days – If your child does not attend a club every day there is the option, should you need it, to buy in “one off” or irregular additional days. Please note that this is not guaranteed and will be subject to sufficient free space being available in the club for the additional day(s) you require. Please see the Club Manager for further details.

 

 Late Pick up – in the case of a late pick up a child or children from the After School club school reserves the right to charge an extra fee of £5.00 for every half hour or part thereof from 5.55pm. This is to cover staff overtime costs.  Repeated late pick up’s will jeopardise your place at the club.

 

 Absences /Illness – short term illness absence will still be charged as will all other short term absences. Long term absence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

 

 School Closure Days – your places are for the 190 term days each academic year. The five staff training days (commonly called “Inset” days) are not included in the 190 days and are therefore not charged. You will not be charged for any other school closure days, such as those due to industrial action or bad weather when the Club is forced to close. However, please bear in mind that the Club may still be open if the closure is only partial. For example, the Breakfast club may be open but mid morning the school closes because of bad weather. Breakfast charges apply but the After School charges for that day will be credited and carried forward to reduce your next payment.

 

 Residential Trips and other voluntary activities

You will still be charged should you opt for your child to attend residential trips and/or partake in any other activities which are voluntary, such as music or dance clubs after school.

 

 Withdrawal

If you wish to relinquish your registered place(s) before the end of the academic year you must submit written notification to the Club Manager, providing four weeks’ notice. Should you withdraw your child from Club without notice or with less than four weeks’ notice you will be charged a four week equivalent of your child’s normal sessions. You must immediately settle all outstanding fees.

 

 Payment

The Lighthouse Club is self-financing and is run as a “not for profit” venture. Fees are used to employ the Club staff – salaries are not funded by the school - and to pay for food and activity resources. Surpluses are reinvested in the Club and may go towards school projects. It is very important that families pay promptly and do not accumulate arrears. With the exception of payment using childcare vouchers you must pay fees in advance.

 

 There are several options available for you to pay for your registered places(s).

 

  • Standing Order – payment direct to the club’s bank account. Please see Registration form. It is important that the reference you choose identifies the family making the payment.
  • Parent Pay – an online secure payment facility allowing for payment via debit or credit card. Schools nationwide use this facility and families can see 24hrs a day how much they owe and how much they have paid. Please advise the club manager if you wish to register to use Parent Pay.
  • Childcare voucher – these are either redeemable online via the club or to be handed in to the Club Manager. It is important that the reference you choose identifies the family making the payment.

 

Not valid methods of payment

  • Cheque – no longer accepted as payment from January 2015
  • Cash – no longer accepted as payment from September 2015.

 

School monitors payments and accounts on a daily basis and you must remain in credit to ensure your place is retained.

 

 Regardless of payment method all children using the club have a ParentPay record that parents can view to see the balance of fees and charges. Payments via standing order or childcare voucher will be subject to a delay while records are manually updated. Any adjustments to reflect unusual events – such a closure due to bad weather or industrial action – will be delayed while records are manually adjusted.

 

Behaviour

The Lighthouse Club promotes a safe and positive environment for children.  Children attending the Club are expected to behave and conduct themselves in accordance with school policies.  Not following the school’s behaviour and safety policies may result in the removal of your child’s place from the Club. 

 

Registration Details

The Club Manager must be informed of any changes to your registration details as soon as possible.  It is important that your contact information is kept up to date.

 

Non Attendance

The Club must be notified in advance if your child is not attending on one of their registered days.

 

Alternative Collection

If the person collecting your child is not registered as a named person we require written notice giving permission for that person to collect your child.  We will require a password and brief description of the nominated person.